Stelle Group
The Stelle Group was founded in Chicago in 1963 by Richard
Kieninger, a former student of the Lemurian Fellowship.
That same year he released an autobiography, The Ultimate
Frontier, under the pseudonym Eklal Kueshana. The book described
Kieninger’s occult accomplishments, beginning with
his meetings with a Dr. White on Kieninger’s twelfth birthday.
Originally Stelle members were also required to join and absorb
the teachings of the Lemurian Fellowship, a practice that
continued until the disruptions of the mid-1970s.
White taught Kieninger about reincarnation and suggested
that he was both King David and Akhnaton. He gave Kieninger
his mission to found a new nation that was to center on an ideal
community, Stelle City, near Kankakee, Illinois. By 1970 there
were enough members and capital to purchase land, and Stelle
City began to rise out of the surrounding corn fields. Some urgency
pervaded the creation of Stelle, as The Ultimate Frontier
predicted a massive natural catastrophe to be triggered by the
alignment of the planets on May 5, 2000. Before that, in 1999,
an atomic war would occur, killing 90 percent of the Earth’s
population.
Stelle grew steadily until 1976, when Kieninger left and
formed a second community near Dallas, Texas, called the
Adelphi Organization. It later was revealed that Kieninger had
been expelled from Stelle for having sexual liaisons with several
married women in the community. A leadership struggle ensued
among the Illinois members after Kieninger’s departure.
A number, including the entire board of trustees and Kieninger’s
ex-wife, left the community. Those remaining reconciled
with Kieninger. The headquarters of the Stelle group was
moved to Texas in 1982, and Kieninger was named ‘‘Chairman
of the Board for Life.’’ However, by 1986 new problems had
emerged, and Kieninger was forced out again.
He resigned and founded another organization, the Builders
of the Nation, in Dallas. A short time later he again assumed
control of the Adelphi Organization, and the Texas and Illinois
groups separated.
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As of the mid-1990s, the members of the Stelle Group are
concentrating on applying Lemurian philosophy to their daily
lives. The group is currently led by Tim Wilhelm. Address The
Stelle Administration Building, Stelle, IL 60919.
Sources
Kossy, Donna. Kooks A Guide to the Outer Limits of Human Belief.
Portland, Ore. Feral House, 1994.
Kueshana, Eklal [Kieninger, Richard]. The Ultimate Frontier.
Chicago Stelle Group, 1963.