Spiritualism, defined as a science, philosophy and religion, is an organization of churches devoted to healing and contact with those who have passed on. Based upon the demonstrated fact of spirit communication through mediumship, spiritualists welcome members regardless of their current religion or culture. As a community of souls who interact with life after so-called death, it may be just the kind of church you are looking for.
Camp Edgewood has some spectacular facilities that they use to conduct their own services and classes, but rent out for weddings and other events at very reasonable prices. They have a large auditorium that can hold several hundred people, a smaller chapel, several class rooms, a meditation garden with a gazebo, a hotel with nine rooms to let, a laundry room, and a main center with a dining room and sun porch. All of this is located on acreage filled with virgin trees and the placid water of the adjoining Surprise Lake, in Milton, Washington, just around the corner from Auburn and Kent.
People can stay overnight to participate in functions for just $20 a night. They also have rental cabins for members of the church. The church conducts Sunday services every week so call for meeting times. They also conduct a variety of classes throughout the year, and throughout the week, on Spiritual development, various phases of mediumship, understanding NSAC Spiritualism and Natural Law. They have guest speakers, authors, and Native American drummers that conduct workshops at their facilities. Their principle focus is on Spiritualism, but they are a group that never stops learning and doesn’t discriminate against any creed of peace and good will.
On a regular basis at Camp Edgewood, on Monday at 2pm there’s a class called Masters of the Far East taught by Reverend Laverne Pemberton and at 6:30pm a Spiritual Development class is taught by Reverend Don McFarland. On Tuesday at 1:00pm is a class on Understanding NSAC Spiritualism taught by camp secretary Dee Chapman. Thursdays at 2:00pm there is a Healing Circle conducted by the Rev. Marilyn Redmond and Mack van Wyck, and at 7:00pm a Development Circle taught by Nancy Whitesel and Dee Chapman. Friday at 1:00pm is open study time where anyone can read books, or talk about what they are studying, or get advice. On Saturday at 7:00pm is a Natural Law class taught by camp president David Chapman, Sr. The church holds functions for most of the holidays including Easter, Christmas, Halloween, the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day celebrations. Mediums are available for consultation by appointment at an average cost of $1 per minute.
The auditorium and center—the main building with the kitchen, the dining room, the sun porch and hotel rooms—can be rented by non-members for both facilities for $150 per day. Or you can rent the auditorium for $100 or the center for $75. There is a $50.00 cleaning and damage deposit that is refundable when everything is put back the way it was before the event. The hotel rooms are $20.00 per night, or if you want every room upstairs, it’s $70.00. Tents are $10 and self-contained campers are $10.
To learn more about Spiritualist churches, their locations and philosophies, visit the National Spiritualist Association of Churches at www.nsac.org. Their churches conduct weekly services, classes, inspirational activities, and certify and ordain Spiritualist ministers, healers and mediums. Two local churches are located at Camp Edgewood, 1228 26th Ave. Court, Milton, Washington, 98354, 253-927-2050.
Click on the following links, Spiritualist Principles and Natural Laws of Spiritualism, to discover more about this intriguing community.