Flower, Amanda Cameron (1863–1940)
Amanda Cameron Flower was a medium and the founder
of the Independent Spiritualist Association of the United
States of America. She was born October 15, 1863, at Owen
Sound, Ontario, and at the age of 27 moved to the United
States. She was attracted to Spiritualism as a young woman and
became a medium with the National Spiritualist Association
of Churches (NSAC), the oldest of several Spiritualist churches
in the United States. Her first pastorate was located in Owosso,
Michigan. Around the turn of the century, with money given
her by her husband, she built the Church of Truth in Grand
Rapids, Michigan. It was incorporated in 1908 as the Spiritualist
Temple Society (Church of Truth) in Grand Rapids.
Flower proved a popular medium and contributed greatly
to the growth of the movement in Michigan and throughout
the Midwest. However, in the 1920s she began to bristle under
some of the NSAC rules, especially those that prevented her
from speaking or doing mediumship work in congregations
not associated with the NSAC. She had also absorbed some elements
of Theosophy into her thinking, including a belief in reincarnation,
an idea actively opposed by the NSAC. In 1924 she
had a vision of a new association of churches bound together
in a loose fellowship. She withdrew from the NSAC and
founded the Independent Spiritualist Association of the United
States of America. The association grew rapidly through several
states of the Midwest. She founded and edited the association’s
newsletter. In 1931 she was elected president for life. She died
November 20, 1940.
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