Mission Statement:Tower Memorial Church strives to bring the blessings of God to all regardless of religious beliefs or personal experiences. It is through the love for humankind that spirit sends us gifts from the heavenly realm to guide us all in manifesting universal love. Tower believes that it has a responsibility to do its part to actively maintain a community for those who would seek spiritual development and closeness to God, The Christ, and Spirit.
Rev. Mary A. Tower is the founder and patroness of the Mary A. Tower Memorial Spiritualist Church. To realize their dream of building a church devoted to the religion of Spiritualism, Mary Tower and her husband mortgaged their home to purchase a church building in downtown Seattle. Located at 916 East James Street, the purchase price of $1000 bought the Towers a vacant 1904-era church building in need of furniture and repair. With hard work; Mr. Tower’s skill as a carpenter; and donations from family, The First Spiritual Science of the Soul Church opened its doors in June 1927 under charter number 18 issued by the National Spiritualist Association of Churches.
Mary Tower joyfully carried out her duties as Pastor of the First Spiritual Science of the Soul Church until she was well into her eighties. Upon her retirement in 1942, Mary Tower requested Mary B. Crisp (nee Tice) assume leadership of the church and act as President for Life. In recognition of her lifelong dedication to Spiritualism, First Spiritual Science of the Soul Church was renamed and is known today as The Mary A. Tower Memorial Spiritualist Church Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Seattle was fast growing into a major metropolitan city, with the downtown core at the city's heart. In 1963, the old church building abutted the boundaries of the Seattle University campus. As the university campus was also expanding, the relocation of Tower Memorial Church was imminent. The old church building was sold later that year for $20,000 and for the first time in 37 years, the church congregation was without a home. To keep the congregation intact, services were held at various locations around the city until a new building could be secured.
While searching for a new building, the Magnolia Methodist Church became available for sale. With an asking price of $15,000 that included the church pews that are still in use today, the "new" Mary A. Tower Memorial Spiritualist Church opened its doors in 1961. Over the years, Tower Church has hosted, and been home to, many talented mediums and healers. Mediums and healers continue to share their gifts and inspire others to develop their own inherent abilities.
Tower Church is proud to continue this long tradition of service and teaching through its expanding selection of classes, events and services.
Declaration of Spiritualist Principles
1. We believe in God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and manifested to humanity as a living pattern for humanity to follow.
2. We believe that the phenomena of Nature, both physical and spiritual are the expression of God.
In this manner, we express our belief in the immanence of Spirit and that all forms of life are the manifestations of Spirit. Thus, all persons are children of God.
3. We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith constitute true religion.
4. We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death.
Life here and hereafter is all one life whose continuity of consciousness is unbroken by that mere change in form whose process we call death.
5. We affirm that communication with the so-called dead is a fact, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism.
6. We affirm that moral responsibility is of the individual, and that he makes his own happiness or unhappiness as he obeys or disobeys Nature’s physical and spiritual laws. We affirm that life is a continuing learning process. Therefore, we should continually pray for those on all planes. We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any human soul, here or hereafter.
7. We affirm that the precept of Prophecy contained in the Bible is a Divine attribute proven through mediumship. We affirm our belief in and acceptance of God as a loving Father and of Jesus Christ, his Son.
Prayer for Protection
The light of God surrounds me; The love of God enfolds me; The power of God protects me; The presence of God fills me. Wherever I am, God is. And all is well.
~ James Dillet Freeman – 1941 ~
2Board of Directors ~ 201
President: Denise Hanson Vice Pres: Sandy Hackman
Secretary: Margaret McKinstry
Treasurer: Stuart Meadows
Trustee: Dale Randall
News Letter : Atira Hatton
Visiting Pastor: Atira Hatton
Website: Liz Leger
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