(SAY-ahnce) is, on its most basic level, an attempt to communicate with the dead
. The sťance, or sitting, is led by a person known as a medium
who will usually go into a trance
and allow the dead
to communicate through him or her. More recently, this has been known as channeling
. Other forms of sťances use Ouija boards. The Spiritualist Church is based around the belief that the dead can impart wisdom through its ministers in the form of channeling and sťances.