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General Assembly of Spiritualists

General Assembly of Spiritualists

The General Assembly of Spiritualists originated in 1930 when its members withdrew from the National Spiritualist Association of Churches (NSAC) and reorganized independently. The NSAC was in the midst of a reoccurring debate over reincarnation. The traditional Spiritualist position in North America and England opposed reincarnation, which seemed to deny the possibility of spirit contact (if the spirit was reincarnated). However, a belief in reincarnation had become entrenched in the New York area. The Declaration of Principle of the General Assembly of Spiritualists is identical to that of the parent body except that it lacks the statement on prophecy, which was only added to the NSAC statement after the schism. The General Assembly of Spiritualists is headquartered at the Ansonia Hotel, 2107 Broadway, New York, New York 10023.

Sources:

General Assembly of Spiritualists, State of New York. New York: Flying Saucer News, n.d.

Lomaxe, Paul R. What Do Spiritualists Believe? New York: General Assembly of Spiritualists, 1943.

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