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The Awakened, A Fellowship in Christ
was a Christian
A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament...
group founded on Easter Sunday, 1932, by Melvin L. Severy.
It was created after Severy had been invited to see a painting of Christ
Christ is the English term for the Greek meaning "the anointed one". It is a translation of the Hebrew , usually transliterated into English as Messiah or Mashiach...
by Charles Sindelar
Charles Joseph Sindelar was an American illustrator and painter, who in later life focused on religious art. Sindelar established a reputation for himself in graphic design and illustration during the first quarter of the 20th century through his favourably reviewed creation of a number of menu...
. Severy was very taken with the painting, and became convinced that the painting should be used to help gather the people of earth into fellowship centered on Christ. With the help of Sindelar, Severy formed the group for the purpose of preparing the world for the beginning of a new age as promised by the Bible. The group's future was to be determined on the basis of revelation over time.
Some years later, Guy Ballard
Guy Warren Ballard was an American mining engineer who became, with his wife, Edna Anne Wheeler Ballard, the founder of the "I AM" Activity....
came to visit Sindelar's studios. On seeing the painting, Ballard said the portrait was that of the Master Jesus, whom Ballard had been in communication with. Sindelar was very impressed by Ballard, and turned over the resources of The Awakened
to the "I Am" Activity.