General Information

Mission Statement

Founded on November 15, 1997, the United States Spiritist Council was created to promote the union of the U.S. Spiritist organizations and the unification of the Spiritist Movement in the U.S. We welcome all visitors to our website and invite Spiritist organizations to join the USSC. This way, counting on each other’s help and support, the task of disseminating the Spiritist Doctrine will be shared by all.

The United States Spiritist Council will devote its best efforts to bring together the Spiritist community in the U.S. in our common objective to disseminate the Spiritist Doctrine in this country. As such, the USSC pledges to:

1. Promote the fraternal union of the U.S. Spiritist institutions, and the unification of the national Spiritist Movement.

2. Promote the study, diffusion, and practice of the Spiritist Doctrine according to its principles and postulates, and in all its fundamental scientific, philosophical, religious, ethical, and moral aspects.

3. Promote the practice of spiritual and material charity in the light of the Spiritist Doctrine.

4. Represent the Spiritist Movement in the United States.

Affiliation

All Spiritist Organizations located in the United States are welcome to apply for affiliation with the USSC.

Please email us at info@spiritist.us with the following information.

-A letter of intent of becoming affiliated.
-Copy of Organization’s Bylaws.
-State Incorporation Information. (See additional incorporation information here)

Formation of New Centers

 

1. Spiritist Meetings and Spiritist Books.
Spiritist study meetings utilize primarily the five books of Kardec’s Codification (The Spirits’ Book, The Mediums’ Book, The Gospel According to Spiritism, The Genesis, and Heaven and Hell), as well as other complementary materials. Mediumistic sessions should only be carried out with workers prepared for this practice and under the supervision and assistance of persons responsible and experienced in such meetings.

2. Name for the Spiritist Group/Center.
A group that meets regularly should choose a name for itself. It is always advisable to choose a name in English for centers in the U.S. Allan Kardec Spiritist Study Group of [insert name of your city or state], or Spiritist Society of [insert name of your city, county or state] are always good choices. Of course there are other names that reflect the practice of the Doctrine – simple and dignified. Once the name is chosen – congratulations! – send the information together with address and contact to the USSC for website posting.

3. Guidelines for the Formation of Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Workers. See documents bellow:

Guidelines to Spiritist Groups, Centers and Societies


Preparation of Spiritist Workers


SAMPLES of By-Laws: version (Word) (PDF)

Look up this very important pamphlet that can be reproduced for free distribution:
Get to Know Spiritism

Also, see the Frequently asked questions below:

Registration of Spiritist Organizations:

1-How should a Spiritist Center be classified in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations?


Under the 501(c)(3) classification for non profit organizations, the following are listed: Religious, Educational, Charitable, Scientific, Literacy, Testing for Public Safety, To Foster National Amateur Sports Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animal Organizations. (IRS Publication 557: Tax Exempt Status for Your Organization (1997). Please contact a tax professional to find out exactly what classification best fits the type of activities your organization will be involved in.

2-What about registering as a club under 501(c)(7) to qualify for some form of exemption?


The descriptions of the general activities for an organization as a club are “Pleasure, recreation, social activities.” (“General Nature of Activities” – IRS Publication 557: Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization (1997)). Clearly the objectives of a Spiritist organization are not met under a club classification.

3-And a classification as an educational entity?


Some states might require registration under their Board of Education along with other requirements. Inquiries should be directed to pertinent agencies in the state where the incorporation is being sought to ascertain if the application is viable.

4-Regarding the religious aspect of Spiritism, what are the implications under the separation of state/church when a Spiritist organization makes use of a governmental facility (e.g., a school classroom) for their meetings? Should Spiritist organizations omit their religious aspect in order to benefit from such an arrangement?


As long as the Spiritist groups/organizations are separated from the public school educational system, there are no implications for the use of classrooms, so long evidently as permission has been granted for such, with the agreement that the rules and regulations for this usage are followed as they would for any assembly. What non profit organizations are strictly prohibited of is discrimination against sex, religion, race, etc., in their meetings.

5-Is it possible for the USSC to offer materials regarding these matters?


The USSC can only offer these general guidelines, along with samples of articles of incorporation and bylaws. It is not empowered to dispense legal advice, and it can bear no responsibility in the independent decisions of Spiritist organizations as far as the structure and purposes chosen for their incorporation and governance. Moreover, there are different requirements for Spiritist entities subject to the rules and regulations of the states wherein their applications are filed.

See the link below for additional information:
http://www.usa.gov/Business/Incorporate.shtml