The BRITISH UNION OF SPIRITIST SOCIETIES - BUSS is a Registered Charity number: 1136512 established in 1994.
The aims of BUSS are:
To promote the advancement and dissemination of the religious philosophy of Spiritism according to Allan Kardec’s Spiritist Codification.
Planning and implementing activities with the aim of integrating and unifying Spiritist Institutions in the UK.
Promoting charitable works and doing all such other things incidental to the attainment of said objectives.
BUSS acts as an umbrella organisation for 13 Spiritist Centres in the UK. It organises seminars, conferences, training courses and gatherings.
Spiritism professes a belief in a God who is the Supreme Being and prayer is a regular practice within meetings. The format of the meetings slightly vary between the Institutions but all Spiritist meetings involve prayer, discussion, study and spiritual healing. There is an authoritive code which clearly sets out Spiritist beliefs and principles within the Codification. The teachings and beliefs are made accessible to the public through websites and other activities, that encompasses three inter-connected aspects: science, philosophy and religion.
The Teachings promotes a moral framework based on Christian principles, as taught by Jesus. BUSS motivates and guides people to live their lives within those moral codes. It inspires people to undertake voluntary work within the community, as the concept of charity is central to Spiritist Teachings, which is not simply concerned with promoting self awareness and individual spiritual advancement.
There is no claim to diagnose or cure of illness within spiritual healing, rather it is complementary to conventional medical treatment. Its main purpose being to promote the relief of anxiety and help restore the physical, spiritual and psychological balance of the person.
Communication with the spirits through mediumship is also central to Spiritist practice, based on the principles of the Spiritist Teachings. Mediumship is incorporated within the religious practices along lines of due preparation of all mediums, who offer their services as unpaid voluntary workers, seeking to alleviate suffering on both planes of live in the form of "Spiritual Rescue".
The Meetings are advertised and free to all who wish to attend. Most events are also free and information is made readily available through the website.
The beliefs and practices of Spiritism as promoted by BUSS are capable of advancing religion as they meet all of the characteristics as defined in charity law as set out in the guidance `The Advancement of Religion for the Public Benefit', as there is evidence of :
- Belief in a supreme being;
- Worship and reverence for or
veneration of a Supreme Being;
- A degree of cogency, cohesion,
seriousness and importance in the belief system which is outward focused as
opposed to being self promoting;
- An identifiable positive
moral/ethical framework promoted by Spiritism which is capable of being
advanced for public benefit;
- Spiritual Guidance offers benefit through the provision of solace and comfort to those in need.
- Membership is open to all
Spiritist Institution in the United Kingdom that have been formally established and follow the guidelines set out by Allan Kardec, who
are interested in furthering the work of Unification in this country.