History of Divine Harmony Spiritual Church

Rev. Adele Clemens, who maintained she was the Grand-Niece of Mark Twain, founded Divine Harmony Spiritual Church in Harlem, New York in the mid 1930s. She was an associate of the controversial Spiritualist minister Reverend Major J. Divine of Harlem Divine Revelation Spiritualist Church, about whom she remarked, "Brother Devine had something, I guess, but he didn't know how to handle prosperity."

Rev. Clemens moved to Wilkes-Barre, PA in 1947 and continued her spiritual work there, giving lectures and holding Spiritualist Services at 33 Market Street. She was also an artist and painter, and her brother John Clemens owned a framing and art gallery in Wilkes-Barre. Ms. Clemens exhibited her collection of antique frames and art in her studio in Wilkes-Barre, where she also held private consultations.

Rev. Clemens was the author of several books and pamplets, among them a book on church candle services she co-authored with Mikhael Strabo, and a one-sheet entitled Following in His Footsteps.

The Church Today

The current incarnation of Divine Harmony Spiritual Church opened its doors in Knoxville Tennessee, on June 17, 2016. The interior was lovingly realized from notes and drawings made by Reverend Saint Germain over the course of several years. All the interior work was performed by Reverend Saint Germain and his son. The Chapel houses a collection of religious artifacts, curios, family heirlooms, and relics gleaned over the course of a lifetime. Divine Harmony Spiritual Church is designed for candle services both inside and out, with a passive-flow air system to ventilate smoke and fumes, a brick outdoor altar, and a stone patio for a-fresco services and readings. Since opening, Divine Harmony has hosted visitors from all around the world. Connected to the main Chapel are two auxiliary 8' x 8' buildings: the Black Hawk Power Shrine, and the Crystal Silence Shrine.

Today Divine Harmony Spiritual Church is still pastored by Rev. Jon Saint Germain, an ordained minister, spiritual counselor, healer and rootworker. He is on the Board of Bishops of the Association of Independent Spiritual Churches, a member of the Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers, and the Voice of the Crystal Silence League radio show and editor of of the Crystal Silence League newsletter.

Rev. Saint Germain was the Official Palm Reader for the 2008 Inaguaral Ball for President Obama!

Rev. Saint Germain is the author of several books. Among these are the Llewellen publications Karmic Palmistry, Runic Palmistry, and Palmistry for Lovers; and Crystal Magic, published by Independent Missionary Spiritual Church.

He is available for personal consultations and speaking engagements by appointment.

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The Tradition of the Spiritual Church

The spiritual church movement is an informal name for a group of loosely allied and also independent Spiritualist churches and Spiritualist denominations that have in common the fact that they have been historically based in the African American community.

Many of them owe their origin to the evangelical work of Leafy Anderson, a Black religious leader of the early 20th century who was born in Wisconsin and in 1913 founded the Eternal Life Christian Spiritualist Association. In 1920 she relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she demonstrated mediumship by bringing messages from her spirit guide Black Hawk, a historical war leader of the Native American Sauk tribe, who had lived near where she was born.

Although the churches founded by Anderson are often associated with New Orleans, the spiritual church movement has always been national in scope. It spread quickly throughout America during the 1920s, and one impetus for its diffusion was the fact that in 1922, the National Spiritualist Association of Churches expelled or made unwelcome all of its Black members.This led to the formation of a national group called the Colored Spiritualist Association of Churches, and within a few years there were Black Spiritualist churches in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and many other cities. During the decade preceding World War II, the Spiritual churches of New York City were well documented in print and film.

At the present time, the spiritual church movement encompasses primarily churches which are influenced by Protestant Christian worship styles, especially Baptist and Pentecostal praise music, as well as churches that contain a great deal of Catholic imagery, including the veneration of saints.