|East Hamilton Spiritual Church||
May 14, 1771-November 17, 1858
Robert Owen was a Welsh social reformer and one of the founders of utopian socialism and the cooperative movement. Despite expressing agnostic views, towards the end of his life, he became very interested in spiritualism. He had several ‘sittings’ where he became convinced he had mediumistic contact with great spirits, like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson who sought: “to prepare the world for universal peace, and to infuse into all the spirit of charity, forbearance and love.”
13 years after he had passed into Spirit, Robert Owen brought forth the 7 Principles of Spiritualism through the mediumship of Emma Hardinge Britten, one of Spiritualism's greatest pioneers.
His picture hangs proudly inside our church, to recognize and honour his contributions to Spiritualism and society.
Andrew Jackson Davis
August 11, 1826-January 13, 1910.
Andrew Jackson Davis was known as a Seer and Clairvoyant of the 19th Century, he was be able to enter into a higher sphere of consciousness and access higher spiritual and physical knowledge. Davis was the first person to diagnose and prescribe cures for individuals while himself in a trance state about 50 years before Edgar Cayce. He also described in detail what happens to the soul at death, and explained spiritualism and other metaphysical phenomena. His scope of knowledge extended to education, health, psychology, philosophy, and government.
Andrew Jackson Davis is often referred to as the "John the Baptist" of modern Spiritualism, for he preached the advent of spirit communication in the United States with an evangelical fervor.
He is a well known author of over 30 books including his most famous - The Principles of Nature, which is over 700 pages in total.
We found this framed portrait in our upstairs closet and now proudly display it in our church to honor and recognize Andrew Jackson Davis's contributions to Spiritualiam.
Emma Hardinge Britten
May 2, 1823-October 2, 1899
Emma Hardinge Britten is known for her work as an advocate for the early Modern Spiritualist Movement. Emma Hardinge Britten founded and edited for five years the Two Worlds of Manchester. She was also among the founders of the Theosophical Society in New York in 1875.
Emma Hardinge Britten's writings include: Modern American Spiritualism, New York, 1870; Nineteenth Century Miracles, New York, 1884; Faith, Fact and Fraud of Religious History, Manchester, 1896; Extemporaneous Addresses, London, 1866. She was editor of the American periodical, The Western Star, 1872, and the British The Unseen Universe, 1992 1893.
Although she was not alive to see this happen, her dream of establishing a proper and formal "school of prophets" (training school for mediums) was realized in 1900, with the founding of the Britten Memorial Institute and Library, in Manchester, England. Her classic, Modern American Spiritualism, is still considered the finest and most complete analysis of the early American Movement.
Spiritualists follow a set of principles given from the spirit of the great reformer and Spiritualist, Robert Owen, via the trance mediumship of one of Spiritualism's great pioneers, Emma Hardinge Britten in 1871. We remember her as a true pioneer and dedicated advocate of Spiritualism.
We proudly display the beautiful portrait of Emma Hardinge Britten on our church wall to honor & recognize the great contributions she made to Spiritualism.
The Fox Sisters
The Fox sisters were three sisters from New York who played an important role in the creation of Spiritualism: Leah (1814–1890), Margaret (also called Maggie) (1833–1893) and Kate (also called Catherine) Fox (1837–1892). The two younger sisters used "rappings" to convince their much older sister and others that they were communicating with spirits.
In 1848, the two younger sisters – Kate (age 11)
and Margaret (age 15) – were living in a house in Hydesville, New York with their parents. Hydesville
no longer exists but was a hamlet that was part of the township of Arcadia in Wayne County, New York just outside Newark. The house had some reputation for being haunted, but it wasn't until late March that the family began to be frightened by unexplained sounds that at times sounded like knocking and at other times like the moving of furniture.
During the night of March 31, Kate challenged the invisible noisemaker, presumed to be a "spirit", to repeat the snaps of her fingers. "It" did. "It" was asked to rap out the ages of the girls. "It" did. The neighbours were called in. Over the course of the next few days a code was developed where raps could signify yes or no in response to a question or be used to indicate a letter of the alphabet. The girls addressed the spirit as "Mr. Splitfoot".
Later, the alleged "entity" creating the sounds claimed to be the spirit of a peddler named Charles B. Rosna, who had been murdered five years earlier and buried in the cellar. In his writings on the Fox sisters, Arthur Conan Doyle claimed the neighbors dug up the cellar and found a few pieces of bone, but it wasn't until 1904 that a skeleton was found, buried in the cellar wall.
Their picture hangs proudly inside our church, to recognize and honour their important role in the creation of Spiritualism.