The Victorian Spiritualists’ Union had its beginnings in Melbourne in 1870, when one of the first Spiritualist churches in the world was opened under the name of The Victorian Association of Progressive Spiritualists – VAPS (later to become the Victorian Association of Spiritualists – VAS)
VAPS was founded by William Terry, a prominent bookshop and health store owner, of Collins Street, Melbourne. He was a healer held in high regard by his clients and many of the medical profession who regularly sought his assistance. He was also the editor of the “Harbinger of Light”.
The original organisation commenced with 25 founder members and quickly became of a hub of Spiritualism within Victoria and the colony.
The Seven Principles of Spiritualism
- The creative divine spirit of the Universe whom we call God
- The unity of all created beings
- The communion of spirits and ministering guides
- The continuous existence of life beyond the veil of death
- Communication between incarnate and discarnate spirits
- Personal responsibility for all our actions whilst on earth
- A path of eternal progress open to all souls