Among the Aetherius Society’s key beliefs: selflessness and extraterrestrial life.
Ms. Pasztor is a filmmaker.
In the mid-1950s, an English taxi driver named George King claimed that he had received a directive from outer space. The dispatch spurred him to establish the Aetherius Society, a religious group that believes communicating and working with aliens will better humanity. Though unconventional, the group’s practices aren’t dangerous or hateful; they often mirror those of more established religions, with an extraterrestrial twist.
In the short documentary above, members of the Aetherius Society explain their mission of peace and their unique prayer method in times of crisis. We don’t know how many people this group comprises overall, but with 35 centers across five continents, it’s a small international community bonded by the belief that the earth needs extraterrestrial support to survive.
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Annalise Pasztor is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Washington, DC.
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