Great White Light

History of the Sanctuary of the Great White Light

The Sanctuary of the Great White Light started off from very humble beginnings in 1950. When Cedric and Elfrida Rippon were inspired to start a spiritulist church in Umkomaas, and with the help of Jack Chapman they managed to get it off the ground. They used a small flatlet belonging to the Robin Hood Hotel to run their services. The congregations were small, but as time went by things changed and it was obvious that larger premises were necessary.In 1960 Cedric and Elfrida Rippon (owners of the Robin Hood Hotel) donated the piece of land upon which the Sanctuary now stands (9 Barrow Street) The plan for the sanctuary was given to Elfrida inspirationally; her son Reg drew up the plans. The sanctuary was built with a lot of love and dedication. The sanctuary members did much of the construction work at weekends, they also got help from the many other sanctuaries in Natal.
The dedication of the sanctuary of the Great White Light took place on Sunday 6th November 1960 by the then mayor of Umkomaas Mr R. Norris. The sanctuary serves Umkomaas as a haven of peace for all who enter its doors.

What the Sanctuary Offers

For those people who would like to develop spiritually, the sanctuary runs a development circle on Saturday at 14:00. Please be prompt as the doors are locked for security reasons
We hold lectures on different topics of interest which are presented by professionals in their own fields and practitioners of various modalities that present their topics. These lectures are advertised in the Whats on section of this web site. We offer weddings, dedication and memorial services. Our Sanctuary also offers healing and upliftment to those in need. Healing is given after the service on a Sunday, or by appointment.
We welcome you to our Sanctuary of Love, Understanding, Compassion and Care and hope that you will find what you are looking for here.