Post-Tribune, Oct. 21, 2002
By Michael Gonzalez / Post-Tribune correspondent
GARY — Spiritualists’ beliefs are often ridiculed and outright rejected by traditional religions, even though the people who hold those beliefs are doctors and teachers, mill workers and lawyers and workers of every other profession.
And interest in their beliefs is growing.
Dozens of visitors signed up for psychic readings and spiritual guidance at the 31st annual Dinner and Psychic Demonstration for the First Spiritualist Church.
One of those interested in going beyond traditional beliefs was Eugene Williams, a lifelong Baptist.
“The power of God works in more than one way, and I believe God’s spirit can help you in more than one way,” Williams said. “There’s things I’d like to know and want to know, so I thought I’d give it a try.”
Internationally-known psychics and spiritualists gathered for the event, offering spiritual readings for $10 each.
The event also included a banquet dinner with mediums and other believers demonstrating what they called “spiritual phenomena,” said Helen Williams, a practicing medium from Highland.
Scheduled demonstrations included table tipping, or moving tables without physically touching them.
Another phenomenon was blindfold billets, in which a blindfolded medium would read and answer written requests and questions from the audience.
Spiritualist ministers and mediums acknowledge their beliefs differ significantly from Christian beliefs.