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About

Our Pastor

Our Pastor
Rev. Marrice Coverson

The Reverend Marrice Coverson is the Pastor of the Church of the Spirit in Chicago -- the first female and African American to hold that position. Rev. Coverson is also the first African American since 1924 to hold a Trustee position on the Board of Directors of National Spiritualist Association (NSAC) of Church’s Board of Directors. She also has served as President of the NSAC Illinois Chapter.

Marrice Coverson is also the Founder of the Institute for Positive Living and the Executive Director of the Open Book Program, a citywide, after-school literacy initiative for adolescents. Ms. Coverson holds a BA in Sociology from Mississippi Valley State University and a MA in Public Administration from Roosevelt University. She has a MA in Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Sunflowers

"The only way the sun can shine for you is if you see the challenge behind you, not part of you"

Rev. Marrice Coverson from The Power of Inner Wisdom

Asst Pastors

Our Assistant Pastors

Audrey Williams

Assistant Pastor Williams, has attended the Church of the Spirit since 2015. She studied with assistant pastor, Cher Dyle and in the advanced class with Rev. Marrice Coverson. As a published author, her articles have appeared in The Nationalist Spiritualist Summit Magazine. She is currently a student at the Morris Pratt Institute. Audrey gives weekly messages using her gifts, as a medium to connect to loved ones on Spirit.
You can contact her at: audreywilliams40@gmail.com

Elizabeth Cichocki

(pronounced Cha-hut-ski), an assistant pastor at the Church of the Spirit, is like the sleeping medium. She was born with abilities but did not fully develop them until attending the Church and their classes. Has experience with Reiki, Barbara Brennen Healing, Breathwork, and currently a Clairvoyant Healing Energy practitioner. Elizabeth is available for readings and energy healings at dsj54mnj@yahoo.com

Janyce Hamilton

Assistant Pastor Hamilton, former agent for a private investigator, taps into the loving spirit energy presence around you, delivers their gentle compassionate message, senses your unique spiritual gifts, and guides you toward unfolding your abilities. Janyce is a seminary student at the Morris Pratt Institute in Milwaukee, obtaining her Spiritualist certification as a teacher, healer, medium and minister.  janycehamilton@gmail.com

Cher Dyle

An assistant pastor at Church of the Spirit, she developed her mediumship skills as a member of the Church. She was so inspired by the first reading she received from Rev. Marrice that she wanted to study and help others in the same way. As a talented medium, she offers private readings by appointment. Cher is also an excellent teacher.
You can reach her at: cherdyle@yahoo.com 

Beliefs

Our Beliefs

Spiritualism is the Science, Philosophy, and Religion of continuous life, based upon the demonstrated fact of communication, by means of mediumship, with those who live in the Spirit World. 

A Spiritualist is one who believes, as the basis of his or her religion, in the communication between this and the Spirit World by means of mediumship and who endeavors to mould his or her character and conduct in accordance with the highest teachings derived from such communication.
(NSAC 1914, Rev. 1938)

Spiritualism Is a Religion because it strives to understand and to comply with the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Laws of Nature, which are the laws of God.

Spiritualism Is a Science because it investigates, analyzes and classifies facts and manifestations demonstrated from the spirit side of life.

Spiritualism Is a Philosophy because it studies the Laws of Nature both on the seen and unseen sides of life and bases its conclusions upon present observed facts. It accepts statements of observed facts of past ages and conclusions drawn therefrom, when sustained by reason and by results of observed facts of the present day.

History

History of the Church

The advent of Modern Spiritualism began in 1848 when the Fox Family in Rochester, New York developed a code with the spirit of Charles Rosna. The religion of Modern Spiritualism was developed under the guidance of pioneers who believed that communication with the so-called dead is a proven fact. Many of these pioneers were also ardent abolitionist and supporters of women’s and Native American rights.

The Church of the Spirit was founded in 1897 by Rev. Frank Joseph and was known at the time as Bund Der Varheit No. 18 (Band of Truth No. 18). In 1915, the society purchased the present church building from the Evangelical Free Church and the name Chapel of the Spirit was adopted.

In 1928, the Church was registered in Cook County as The Church of The Spirit of Logan Square. The name was changed to its present title, Church of The Spirit, in 1944.

The Church, an affiliate of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, is governed by the Board of Directors in compliance with its Constitution and By-Laws, and is supported wholly by voluntary contributions of its members and friends.

Principles

Declaration of Principles

  1. We believe in Infinite Intelligence

  2. We believe that the phenomena of nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence.

  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.

  5. We affirm that communication with the so-called dead is a fact, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism.

  6. We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

  7. We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals, and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.

  8. We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter.

  9. We affirm that the Precepts of Prophecy and Healing are divine attributes proven through Mediumship.

Mediumship

Mediumship

What is a Medium?

A Medium is one whose organism is sensitive to vibrations from the spirit world, and through whose instrumentality, intelligences in that world are able to convey messages and produce the phenomena of Spiritualism.
 

What Use Is Spiritualism, If Not to Predict the Future?

This is a mistaken idea held by many people. The prediction of the future is of very little importance. Spiritualism’s greatest value lies in the fact that, when its truth is generally accepted, it will completely revolutionize many accepted by antiquated ideas and customs.
 

Are Spirit communications Always Correct?

Not always but usually so. The spirit merely uses its best judgment in offering advice, and although it can see many causes which produce certain results, more clearly than the average mortal can do, they are still fallible, and so claim to be, and are liable at times to be mistaken. It is also true that there are times, when owing to certain physical conditions or weaknesses, the Medium cannot be reached by the particular spirit who would be best able to give the advice desired. A Medium acting wisely under such conditions would refrain from exercising their mediumship until more perfect mental and physical conditions are obtained. We claim not that our sensitivities are infallible but that they are honestly doing their best to help you, and that they DO bring messages from the spirit world.

Healing

Prayer for Spiritual Healing
 

I Ask The Great Unseen Healing Force
To Remove All Obstructions
From My Mind and Body
And To Restore Me to Perfect Health.
I Ask This in All Sincerity and Honesty
And I Will Do My Part.

I Ask This Great Unseen Healing Force
To Help Both Present and Absent Ones
Who Are in Need of Help
And to Restore Them to Perfect Health.
I Put My Trust
In the Love and Power of God.

We Need Your Support Today!

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