Elizabeth Clare Prophet
American religious leader
Elizabeth Clare Prophet
Elizabeth Clare Prophet was an American spiritual author and lecturer who was the leader of The Summit Lighthouse and Church Universal and Triumphant, a New Age religious movement which gained media attention in the late 1980s and early 1990s while preparing for potential nuclear disaster. During this time, Prophet appeared on Larry King Live, Donahue and Nightline, among other television programs.
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Museums Celebrate The Black Women Artists History Has Overlooked
Huffington Post - 5 days
On the first day of Black History Month, the good people at Google blessed the internet with a doodle honoring Edmonia Lewis, the first woman of African-American and Native American descent to earn global recognition as a fine arts sculptor. Lewis, who grew up while slavery was still legal in the United States, became known for her hand-carved, marble sculptures of influential abolitionists and mythological figures. In part because Lewis made all of her sculptures by hand, few originals or duplicates remain intact today. She died in relative obscurity in 1907, and, to this day, remains lesser known than many of her white, male contemporaries.  This well-deserved tribute to Lewis got us thinking about the other black women artists whose contributions to the history of art have been similarly overlooked or undervalued. So we reached out to museums across the country, asking which artists past and present deserve our attention, too. Below are nine of those artists:  1. Pat Ward ...
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Doomed cults - Mail & Guardian Online
Google News - almost 6 years
Elizabeth Prophet, the leader of the Church Universal and Triumphant, predicted the world would end in 1990 through a nuclear strike by the Soviet Union against the United States, noting there would be particular tension on April 23
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Elizabeth Prophet, 70, Church Founder
NYTimes - over 7 years
Elizabeth Clare Prophet, the retired leader of the Summit Lighthouse and the Church Universal and Triumphant, a New Age religion, who called on her followers in the late 1980s to prepare for nuclear Armageddon, died Thursday at her home in Bozeman, Mont. She was 70. The cause was Alzheimer's disease, said her daughter Erin. Mrs. Prophet took over
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Federal Land Deal Protects Yellowstone Herd and Geysers
NYTimes - over 17 years
The Federal Government and a new age church have completed a deal that will protect bison and geysers in Yellowstone National Park, President Clinton announced today in his weekly radio address. The $13 million deal involves 9,000 acres of land adjacent to the park. The Carter Administration had negotiated over the same land, the Royal Teton Ranch,
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NYTimes - about 30 years
Residents of Paradise Valley agree with members of the Church Universal Triumphant on one key point: There is something special about life here by the Yellowstone River in the shadow of the snow-covered mountains. What they disagree on is what will happen to the character of the sparsely populated ranch country if the religious group, now based in
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elizabeth Clare Prophet
  • 2009
    Age 69
    Died in 2009.
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  • 1998
    Age 58
    She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in November 1998 and died on October 15, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Prophet was survived by her five children.
  • 1996
    Age 56
    In 1996, Prophet handed day-to-day operational control of her organization to a president and board of directors, maintaining her role as spiritual leader until her retirement due to health reasons in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1980s and 1990s, Prophet appeared on Larry King Live, Donahue and Nightline, among other television programs. Earlier media appearances included a feature in 1977 in "The Man Who Would Not Die," an episode of NBC's In Search Of series. She was also featured in 1994 on NBC's Ancient Prophecies.
  • 1986
    Age 46
    In 1986, Prophet relocated her headquarters to Montana near the Yellowstone National Park.
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  • 1963
    Age 23
    After attending her first conference in Washington in July, Mark Prophet returned to Boston in August to help her move to Washington to begin her training under him. They married in 1963, and upon his death on February 26, 1973, Elizabeth Clare Prophet assumed leadership of the organization.
    More Details Hide Details In 1981 the Church Universal and Triumphant purchased the Forbes Ranch, just outside Yellowstone Park, near Gardiner, Montana. The dogma of The Summit Lighthouse included a doctrine called the Path of Personal Christhood, or the way of the soul's one-on-one relationship with God through Christ consciousness. Elizabeth Clare Prophet believed that she shared the gift of the word, both written and spoken. She claimed to be in constant communion with God. The Science of the Spoken word, as Elizabeth and Mark taught it, was thought to be a gift of sound combined with meditation, prayer and visualization. They believed that a Divine Gift (The Ascension) of union with God was possible.
    In 1963 she married Mark L. Prophet, who five years earlier, in 1958, had founded The Summit Lighthouse. Mark and Elizabeth had four children. Elizabeth, just 33 years of age at the time of husband Mark's death on February 26, 1973, assumed control of The Summit Lighthouse at that time.
    More Details Hide Details In 1975, Prophet founded Church Universal and Triumphant, which became the umbrella organization for the movement, and which she expanded worldwide. Prophet controversially called on her members in the late 1980s to prepare for the possibility of nuclear war at the turn of the decade, encouraging them to construct fallout shelters.
  • 1961
    Age 21
    Prophet claimed that she realized that she was intended to be a messenger while meditating with Mark L. Prophet at a public meeting in Boston on April 22, 1961.
    More Details Hide Details He had come to teach about what he called "the Ascended Masters". She later claimed to have received a vision while meditating with him that her role in life was to pass on a higher teaching to further humanity's spiritual evolution. She confided to Mark the next day that like him, she was also to be a messenger; he accepted her as a student at his mystical school, The Summit Lighthouse. She said she received another vision in June of that year in the way of a visitation by the Ascended Master El Morya who told her to go to Washington, D.C. to be trained as messenger.
  • 1959
    Age 19
    After moving to Boston in 1959, she worked as a secretary for the Christian Science church and the Christian Science Monitor.
    More Details Hide Details According to Prophet, that is where she learned much about the publishing operations, organization, and administration of a church on a worldwide scale which was to help her later in running her own church.
  • 1958
    Age 18
    In fall 1958 she served an internship at the United Nations as secretary for Leo Rosenthal, a UN photographer.
    More Details Hide Details Her experience at the UN showed her that many of the ambassadors were not there to solve the world’s problems but rather were engaged in power politics and manipulation of the world’s economies. Leaving after three months made her depressed, with the opinion that to solve the world’s problems people would need to change their concept of themselves and of God.
    In summer 1958, Prophet took a co-op job as a camp counselor in a French immersion school in Vermont.
    More Details Hide Details She was in charge of a number of high school girls between 15 and 16 years old and her role was to discipline them. She described the experience as frustrating and said she ended up praying to God that she never be put in a position of authority over others.
  • 1957
    Age 17
    She attended Antioch College in Ohio from September 1957 to March 1959 majoring in political science and economics.
    More Details Hide Details She transferred to Boston University in September 1959, from where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in August 1961.
  • 1956
    Age 16
    Elizabeth Clare Wulf spent her junior year studying French in Switzerland in 1956 and a year later graduated from Red Bank Regional High School second in her class.
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  • 1942
    Age 2
    However, problems arose, such as the detention of her father as a suspected German spy in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details Upon his release he conveyed the need for her to help others who may also suffer because of their nationality, their race, or their religion. After seeing the horrors of the Holocaust in media and print, she became convinced of the reality of absolute evil in the world, which contributed to her decision to major in political science in her studies. One of the major difficulties in her early life was her father's addiction to alcohol. He verbally abused her mother and had a violent temper which he directed towards them and the destruction of his beloved fish tanks. After witnessing this for many years, Elizabeth became convinced that when the blood alcohol content creates a chemical imbalance in the body, possessing demons take over the mind and the emotions. In Elizabeth's early life, she periodically blacked out. This happened in the third grade, when she was about to say her lines in a Christmas play, and recurred throughout her life. Her condition was first diagnosed as petit mal epilepsy, known more commonly today as absence seizures. She did not find medication helpful, and discontinued using it. Her mother later confessed that in 1937 she took some pills in an unsuccessful attempt to abort her pregnancy with Elizabeth. Prophet thought that her mother was implying that the medication may have contributed to her childhood blackouts. Prophet herself did some research, and learned that the use of quinine sulfate could have damaged the developing nervous system and the brain.
  • 1939
    Elizabeth Clare Prophet was born Elizabeth Clare Wulf at Monmouth Memorial Hospital in Long Branch, New Jersey on April 8, 1939, to Hans and Fridy Wulf.
    More Details Hide Details She grew up with her family in Red Bank, New Jersey during the Second World War. She describes her earliest childhood as idyllic.
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