International Spiritualist Congress
The name of five international gatherings of Spiritualist
leaders held in the years between the two world wars. The first
was held at Liège (1923), the second at Paris (1925), the third
in London (1928), the fourth at The Hague (1931), and the
fifth in Barcelona (1934).
The Paris congress prepared and promulgated a statement
of the philosophy and fundamental principles of Spiritualism.
Delegates agreed that Spiritualism stood for (1) the existence
of God as the intelligent and supreme cause of all things; (2)
the affirmation that man is a spirit related to a perishable body
by an intermediate body (the etheral or ‘‘perispirit’’) that is indestructible
in nature; (3) the immortality of the spirit and its
continuous evolution toward perfection through progressive
stages of life; and (4) universal and personal responsibility,
both individual and collective, between all beings. Later congresses
reaffirmed these principles. The congresses were a programmatic
expression of the International Spiritualists Federation.