The National Spiritualist Association of Churches (NSAC) is one of the oldest and largest of the Spiritualist churches in the United States. It was formed in 1893 in Chicago, Illinois. Among its leaders were Harrison D. Barrett and James M. Peebles, both former Unitarianclergymen, and Cora L. Richmond, an outstanding medium and author. The association was formed both for fellowship and to deal with fraudulent mediumship. The association is also important for its adoption of a number of statements on Spiritualism which have become a standard to which other Spiritualist bodies more or less adhere.
Declaration of Principles
In 1899, a six-article "Declaration of Principles" was adopted by many Spiritualist groups. Three other articles were added at a later date. By no means do all Spiritualist denominations or individual churches affirm these principles, but because of their historical significance in setting the beliefs of modern Spiritualism, all nine articles are quoted in full below. The influence of Unitarianism is obvious in the definition of God in article one.
We believe in Infinite Intelligence;
We believe that the phenomena of Nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence;
We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith constitute true religion;
We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death;