A couple of the most frequently asked questions are ‘what is a Spiritualist’ and ‘why are there so many religions rather than just one’?
Well the answer to the first is a simple matter and can be found in any dictionary! For instance, ‘Spiritualist’ is defined by the Chambers Dictionary as; a belief that it is possible to have communication with the spirits of dead people, e.g. through a medium and the practice of this, the doctrine that a person’s spirit continues to exist after their physical death.
Here in Littleport we have a demonstration of that basic belief and practice with a service of prayer, praise and worship that always includes a medium to which anyone from any religion or none is always welcome.
The religious philosophy engendered by that practice leads us into answering that second question.
Again we can find a common dictionary definition; religion is worship of a god or gods – a particular system of belief such as Christianity or Judaism…
Most Spiritualists would say that they are also Christian – or Jewish (or Moslem) when asked their religion. They could equally be from other religious backgrounds! Ours is avowedly a Christian denomination however.
Most Spiritualists would agree thatalthough the people of the world have over the ages evolved into cliques espousing particular doctrine and dogma; essentially proposing that their religion or belief system is the only right one, Spiritualist practice leads to the philosophy that all religions have the same spiritual base, even if we disagree with their practices and prefer our own! QED!
Within Spiritualism itself there are different groupings – just like all those other religions.
What we must all agree on is to disagree, and rather than dwelling on our differences view the similarities inherent in all spiritual philosophies. Take on board that famous prayer of St Francis…
“Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”
Our regular services of ‘Upliftment and Mediumship’, are held on Thursday nights each week, at Littleport Village Hall, barring the occasional election or show by the Littleport Players, so do come along to find out more.
With many a blessing to you all.
Rev’d Nick Brown