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Judith Seaman is a member of the SNU,
and an Ordained Minister of the SNU. The SNU currently represents nearly
400 Spiritualist Churches and Societies, and many thousands of individual
Spiritualists. It is one of the oldest and certainly the largest Spiritualist
organisation in the world today.
of Spiritualism in the UK during the later ½ of the nineteenth
century decided that they needed to form a national body to represent
Spiritualism. They held a number of National Conferences in Darlington,
Newcastle, Liverpool and London, all with the intention of establishing
such an organisation, but these had proved unsuccessful. The idea of a
National Federation of Spiritualist Churches had been the subject of several
articles written by Mrs Britten (picture on left) in
Two Worlds in late 1889 and early 1890, and at her instance a meeting
of interested Spiritualists was convened in Manchester with a view to
discussing plans for the formation of an organisation which would unite
the Spiritualist churches throughout the country. Following a favourable
response from these to a circular the Inaugural Conference of the Spiritualists’
National Federation was held on the first Sunday in July 1890 in the Co-operative
Hall, Ardwick, Manchester.
At first the Federation was little more than a movable
annual conference at which delegates from Spiritualist societies and individual
Spiritualists could discuss problems of common interest. As a result of
these conferences it became clear that the field of co-operation could
be widened if the Federation obtained the legal status of a corporation
which could hold real property. Accordingly, in October 1901 the Spiritualists’
National Union Limited was incorporated under the Companies Acts as a
company not for profit and limited by guarantee, and in July 1902 it succeeded
to, and took over the property, rights and obligations of, the Spiritualists’
For the purpose of providing a definition of Spiritualism and Spiritualist
for incorporation in the Memorandum of Association of the new company
the framers of the Union’s constitution in 1901 adapted the Principles
given through Mrs Britten’s mediumship and so established the following
unalterable Seven Principles of Spiritualism as the basis of the religion
and religious philosophy of the Spiritualists’ National Union:
1. The Fatherhood of God.
2. The Brotherhood of Man.
3. The Communion of Spirits and the Ministry of Angels.
4. The continuous existence of the human soul.
5. Personal responsibility.
6. Compensation and retribution hereafter for all the good and evil deeds
done on earth.
7. Eternal progress open to every human soul.
The primary object of the Spiritualists’ National Union is to promote
the advancement and diffusion of a knowledge of the religion and religious
philosophy of Spiritualism on the basis of the Seven Principles.
It aims to unite Spiritualist societies and churches
into a Spiritualist brotherhood and to secure for them full recognition
as religious bodies. Other objects specified in the Memorandum of Association
include the encouragement of Spiritualist research, the certification
and appointment of Ministers, lecturers, exponents and teachers, the publication
and distribution of Spiritualist literature and the promotion of mission
work. The Union has taken a leading part in the foundation of the International
Spiritualist Federation, which unites Spiritualists of many countries.
Mission Statement and Goals
In 2000 the SNU adopted the following mission statement:
To Promote the Religion and Religious Philosophy of Spiritualism
as based upon The Seven Principles
It also re-defined its goals as:
To procure perfect religious equality
To assist in the formation of new Societies and Churches
To strengthen the fraternal relations between Spiritualists
To increase all classes of membership
To print, publish and distribute literature
To promote mission work
To do all such lawful things as are for the advancement of Spiritualism
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