FIRST SPIRITUAL TEMPLE
Founded in 1883
A Message from the Pastor
Apostle John answered this question so beautifully, yet many fail to recognize the implications of his words. In the Gospel of John, it states: “God is Spirit, and his worshippers must worship him in Spirit and in truth.” (JOHN 4:24).
I would encourage all people to pray, meditate, and contemplate these fourteen words. Regrettably, many would blithely dismiss these words of truth simply because they are found in the New Testament. Having said that, I would challenge any person, of any faith, to denounce the truth revealed in John’s words: God is Spirit!
So, what do we have?
1. God is Spirit.
2. We were created in God’s Image.
If we accept these two statements, then we must also accept that we are all Spirit, created in God’s image, as Spirit.
Therefore, if a church is to praise and worship the Divine Spirit of God, then it must also praise the Divine Spirit of God within all people; ALL PEOPLE. Thus, there is no room in any house of worship for discrimination, segregation, or supremacy of any type. Houses of worship should be places for the advancement of human spirituality, not merely places of religious ritual and teaching.
The First Spiritual Temple has always embraced this reality: we are all on a spiritual quest of return to our roots as Spirit. To us, it matters not which pathway any person takes to achieve that goal. What matters is that we are all on a journey which will ultimately bring us to the same place: God’s Great Kingdom of Spirit. God belongs to no Church or Faith. God is Spirit. God is Love. God is Forgiveness. God is All-Embracing. God is Grace. God is within all Spirit. I do not believe that any rational person who embraces any type of Divine Intelligence would disagree with this litany of statements. Therefore: God is Interfaith! God can be nothing else!
We praise, proclaim, and worship God’s Spirit; and we praise and celebrate God’s Spirit within all people, animals, plants, the planet upon which we live, and the whole of Creation. At the foundation of all matter is Spirit. At the foundation of Materialism is Spiritualism.
The First Spiritual Temple is an independent Interfaith Spiritualist Church Community. We embrace Spiritualism as the cornerstone around which all religions, faiths, and spiritual pursuits are built. Our Church emerged out of the resurrection of the teachings of the Spirit, as given forth through movements such as Unitarianism, Universalism, Theosophy and Modern Spiritualism. We are not a Spiritualist Church in the traditional sense of the term; we are Spiritualist in its most pristine meaning. We embrace Spiritualism as the “Ism of the Spirit.” And since God’s Spirit is universal and belongs to all faiths, we embrace the pathways of all spirits/souls and call ourselves Interfaith Spiritualists.
Our church’s Fifth Principle states: “We believe in the ministry, teachings, and person of Jesus Christ, and we endeavor to follow his example.” We look to Jesus as an example of righteous and holy living. We do not exclude other prophets, nor do we claim that Jesus is the only way. The life of Jesus of Nazareth is a clear example of how we should all live and conduct our lives: through non- judgmental love, charity, and forgiveness. Thus, we save ourselves by living a Christ-oriented life. Jesus was a Jew, but he really was Interfaith. He came to enlighten both Jew and Gentile. We believe in the person of Jesus Christ; that he was born, lived, crucified, and died in the flesh and, of utmost importance, resurrected in the Spirit, as we shall all resurrect in the Spirit. Furthermore, we embrace Jesus of Nazareth as the embodiment of the Great Christ Spirit/Consciousness, who is for all Humanity.
We do not worship Jesus any more than we worship any soul in Creation. We worship only God. We look to Jesus as our brother, who travels the same journey as you and I do; as we all do.
Finally, people often ask us: Why do we offer Spirit communication after Sunday worship instead of during the service? Our founder believed, as do we, that Spirit communication and mediumship are not aspects of religion. Mediumship is a Gift of the Spirit, and Spirit embraces no specific religion, as seen by the countless faiths and spiritual practices manifest upon our planet. To offer Spirit communication during Sunday worship is to detract from its main purpose: the worship and celebration of God, or Divine Spirit. The worship of Divinity is the reason why people attend any religious service. Therefore, we close Sunday worship in prayer and benediction to God, and we then stand upon the Threshold of Life and demonstrate the spiritual gift of mediumship.
Thank you and God Bless,