History of Spiritualism
Presented by Rev. Robin Reale
In this rich and colorful presentation, you will feel connected to the moments of early Spirit contact with the founders of Spiritualism in the 1800s. Time spirals outward as the seeds of Swedenborg’s book, Afterlife, (1758), germinate as they reach Philadelphia, are picked up by printer Francis Bailey,(friend of Benjamin Franklin), and distributed by Johnny Appleseed a few pages at a time to settlers across New England. Follow an uneducated Andrew Jackson Davis, who received Swedenborg’s writings in trance, and then penned Harmonialism, which provided the philosophical roots for the founding of Modern Spiritualism.
Why is the birth of Modern Spiritualism March 31, 1848? Observe Kate and Maggie Fox’s transformation from their Canadian farm birthplace to become spiritual advisors to presidents and royalty. Rev. Robin weaves an intriguing, factual, and animated tale of the leaders who stood with the Fox sisters at the crossroads of the Industrial Revolution, Women’s Suffrage, & Abolition. Industrial multimillionaire, Cornelius Vanderbilt, advised, “Do as I do, consult the spirits.” You will feel you have been in the room with Kate, Maggie, & older sister Leah, as you learn about their intense loves, heartaches, dreams, addictions, and séances.
Spiritualist History Workshops I & II provide a background for the upcoming tour of the historic sites tucked away in Greater Boston.
Date: Sunday, September 10th
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
Where: Swampscott Church of Spiritualism, 59 Burrill St, Swampscott
To Register: Please register by adding your name to the sign-up sheet in Simpson Hall, sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or, by calling 781-595-6972.
Reverend Robin Reale, PhD (ABD) Special Education Policy, is an ordained Spiritualist Minister through the Fellowships of the Spirit, Lily Dale, NY. Rev. Robin serves Spiritualist churches throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. November 1, 2000 was dedicated Robin Reale Day in Massachusetts following receipt of the prestigious Eugene Rooney Public Service Award for excellence in teaching & training. She served in Peace Corps Chad and Senegal, and consulted in Lithuania to rebuild the education system after communism.