Religion: From out of This World

To the earthly eye, the hotel ballroom seemed less than a quarter full, but the Rev. Richard Renardo looked out over the empty chairs and said: "All our loved ones from the spirit world are with us. The room is not large enough when you consider it from that standpoint."

Loved ones from the spirit world hovered over Washington, D.C. to be in on the ninth annual convention of the Federation of Spiritual Churches and Associations, representing 365 spiritualist churches and some 15 "parent bodies." Last week at the Shoreham Hotel, the bright-eyed priests and priestesses of spiritualism wound up five days...

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