The World’s Oldest Spiritualist Temple
Celebrating 140 Years of Continuous Service Since June 28, 1883
The First Spiritual Temple is an Interfaith Spiritualist Community, founded by Marcellus Seth Ayer on June 28, 1883. The Temple emerged from the budding Modern Spiritualist Movement of the mid-1800’s. Our fundamental doctrine states that God is Spirit, we are Spirit, our departed loved ones are Spirit, all life is Spirit; and that is how we are connected.
Our Temple is both universal and ancient. We seek to understand the many and varied aspects of spirituality which have existed upon our planet from the moment we stepped into physical form. We look to the collective Christ Consciousness, as manifested most recently in the Master Jesus, as a profound example of Spirit alive in the world. We embrace his teachings and accept his challenge to do even greater things than he.
Marcellus Ayer founded our Temple in order to address the growing needs of people to understand God, Spirit, Spiritualism, death and dying, and the grand journey of the Soul in a more practical and working manner. He stood firmly upon the highest ethics and standards of excellence in working with Spirit. We proudly carry that banner today.
Within the Temple is the Marcellus Seth Ayer Memorial Trust Library, a 3,000-volume collection, devoted to Spiritualism, mediumship, parapsychology, and a diversity of religious and spiritual teachings.
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- Everyone is welcome to join us for community worship.
- You do not have to relinquish your membership in any other house of worship to become a member of our Temple.
- Love and Forgiveness are the foundation stones of all we do, preach, and teach.
- We are an LGBTQ-Friendly Community.
We hope that you will find the information within these pages helpful and inspiring. More importantly, we hope that these pages touch your heart, your Spirit, and your hope! We are all Spirit, and that is how we are connected.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Temple. You may also donate via check, payable to "First Spiritual Temple" and mailed to: 104 Van Gaasbeck St., Kingston, NY 12401. Thank you.