Aimee Semple McPherson      

April 15, 2020

An On-Line Publication of the Anonymous Anything Society


  The most popular of the “Faith Healers” of my youth was “Sister” Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), founder of a church in Los Angeles. As her fame grew, so did the stack of canes, crutches and wheelchairs left near the pulpit by the once blind, lame and halt; those miraculously cured while under “Sister’s” Pentecostal vision of salvation and the afterlife. The fact that she had deserted her husband, a missionary in Asia, did not deter her followers in the least.

Angelus Temple, Los Angeles  ca 1920's
founded by Sister Aimee
  Following one Sunday service, Aimee went swimming in the warming California waters and failed to come waterboarding back on the rising tide. Congregants told the press that she had sworn that she meant to swim, without the slightest assistance, to Hawaii. After a few weeks, a few of those without sufficient faith decided that “Sister” had drowned. An exhaustive search of the shoreline never produced a corpse, at least not one wearing the bathing suit she had worn the day she entered the waters. Then, one Sunday after five weeks of only the Lord knowing where Sister had been, she proved her ability to return to the pulpit, claiming she had been kidnapped and held for ransom. No amount of cajoling by the press could further unseal her lips – not even the rumor that she had married during the hiatus; a holy matrimony, so to speak.

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-Phil Richardson, Storyteller and Observer of the Human Condition

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