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Below is our ever-increasing variety of Swedenborgian thought, meditations, sermons and lectures…

“I Have Called You by Name” -Rev. Robert McCluskey

In this sermon, Rev. Robert McCluskey explores several passages in scripture which invite us to discover and embrace our unique life-ministry. Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. McCluskey’s sermon: Rev. Robert McCluskey, B.A., M.A., is a graduate of the Swedenborg School of Religion, and was ordained into the Swedenborgian Church of North … Continue reading “I Have Called You by Name” -Rev. Robert McCluskey

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2020 Virtual Convention – An Invitation

Rev. Thom Muller of Our Daily Bread’s invitation to join this year’s Annual Convention of the Swedenborgian Church of North America: more info at http://www.swedenborg.org

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“Racism and Leadership” -Rev. Christopher A. Barber

In this reflection, Rev. Christopher A. Barber, Swedenborgian minister and teacher at the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA, explores the current socio-political issues surrounding systemic racism in the United States from a New Church perspective. Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Barber’s message:

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“Cultivating Resilience”-Rev. Kit Billings

In this message, Rev. Kit Billings of LaPorte, IN, discusses the theme of resilience from a biblical and Swedenborgian perspective. Click below for a printable version of Rev. Kit’s sermon:

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Why Jesus Could Have Been… -Rev. Ken Turley

There are three good reasons that Jesus could have been black: -He called everyone “bother” and “sister” -He liked gospel and sang after dinner -He couldn’t get a fair trial Three equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish: -He went into his Father’s business -He lived at home until he was 33 -He was sure … Continue reading Why Jesus Could Have Been… -Rev. Ken Turley

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“The Perpetual Sabbath” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

Rev. Shada Sullivan of the Church of the Holy City in Wilmington, Delaware, discusses the challenges and opportunities of the current reality of socially-distanced worship, and explores the 1950 Liturgy of the Swedenborgian Church, and how it may speak to us today. Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Shada’s sermon: Rev. Shada Sullivan … Continue reading “The Perpetual Sabbath” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

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Virtual General Convention of the Swedenborgian Church 2020

May 16, 2020 As we all struggle to adapt to the restrictions and challenges surrounding COVID-19, it has been announced that the 2020 General Convention of the New Jerusalem (aka. Swedenborgian Church of North America) will be held in virtual/online format from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28. The theme will be “Spiritual Vision … Continue reading Virtual General Convention of the Swedenborgian Church 2020

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ODBlog: Divine Providence in Human Suffering -Rev. Hugh Odhner

The Book of Job is said to be a book of the “Ancient Church”. It is full of correspondences such as existed in the writings of the Ancient Church and it is written in accordance with the method of writing at that time (AE §740*). The book of Job is difficult to translate because it … Continue reading ODBlog: Divine Providence in Human Suffering -Rev. Hugh Odhner

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New Series: The Story of Jesus according to Luke A Seekers’ Companion

In this new study series, Rev. David Fekete, contributing editor of Our Daily Bread, explores the Gospel of Luke from a Swedenborgian perspective. Stay tuned for regular lesson updates! Click below for a printable PDF version of Lesson 1:

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“One Born Blind” -Rev. Robert McCluskey

In this sermon, Rev. Robert McCluskey explores the Swedenborgian inner meaning of “blindness” in the Word. How can the spiritual concept of blindness found in Swedenborg’s interpretation of the Gospels help us grow spiritually and become more fully receptive of Divine light, even amid troubling circumstances? Click below for a printable PDF-version of Rev. McCluskey’s … Continue reading “One Born Blind” -Rev. Robert McCluskey

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ODBlog: Easter and the Coronavirus

-Rev. Paul Martin Why did the Corona Virus happen? Perhaps, correspondentially it has to do with our weakened overall health and immune systems (spiritual health), especially as related to the lungs (understanding). In general I would say this is more of a medical question than a spiritual one, however. Why do things happen? Wrong question! … Continue reading ODBlog: Easter and the Coronavirus

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ODBlog: Some Swedenborgian Truths in a Time of Crisis

Rev. David Fekete Religious people may have mixed feelings about the Covid-19 virus. In addition to the strange new restrictions on our social life, the growing numbers of sick, and the death toll, religious people may want to force meaning onto this pandemic. I think that we are in a kind of state of shock … Continue reading ODBlog: Some Swedenborgian Truths in a Time of Crisis

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“The Road to the Cross” -Rev. George F. Dole

  In this sermon, Swedenborgian scholar and minister Rev. George F. Dole reflects on the inner meaning of the narrative of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, celebrated on Palm Sunday.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Dole’s sermon: Road to the Cross   The Reverend George Dole has been a renowned scholar … Continue reading “The Road to the Cross” -Rev. George F. Dole

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ODBlog: Confucius and Doing my Laundry -Rev. David Fekete

March 11, 2020 While my clothes were in the dryer at the laundromat, I continued reading the Analects of Confucius. I have been reading Confucius over the past few weeks. Much of his sayings I can’t understand. But I do understand a portion of them. However, pondering each saying–or should I say wrestling with each … Continue reading ODBlog: Confucius and Doing my Laundry -Rev. David Fekete

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Do Not Fear – Remember the Basics – Rev. Kit Billings

  Rev. Kit Billings of LaPorte New Church in LaPorte, IN, shares a message of hope and faith amid the global COVID-19 crisis. How can a Swedenborgian image of an endlessly and indiscriminately loving God help us in times of challenge?   Click below for Rev. Kit’s printable PDF sermon: Do Not Fear – Remember the … Continue reading Do Not Fear – Remember the Basics – Rev. Kit Billings

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Update from the Helen Keller Center in Cambridge, MA

Rev. Sage Cole and her team at Swedenborg Chapel in Cambridge, MA, right by Harvard Square, continue their exciting and proactive work establishing the Helen Keller Center Spiritual Life Center, to be housed at the Chapel. The Center will celebrate and continue on the legacy of one of the most notable and well-known Swedenborgians: The … Continue reading Update from the Helen Keller Center in Cambridge, MA

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“Heroes, Saints and Nobodies” -Rev. Robert McCluskey

  In this sermon, Rev. Robert McCluskey of Wayfarer’s Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Rev. Robert McCluskey discusses the Swedenborgian perspective on the ideas of “heroes” and “saints”.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. McCluskey’s sermon: _”Heroes, Saints, and Nobodies”_- Rev. Robert McCluskey     Rev. Robert McCluskey, B.A., M.A., is … Continue reading “Heroes, Saints and Nobodies” -Rev. Robert McCluskey

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New Lesson: “The Sayings of Jesus” -Rev. Dr. David Fekete

  In this course, Rev. Dr. David Fekete, co-editor of Our Daily Bread, engages famous sayings of Christ from the Gospels through a Swedenborgian lens. INTRODUCTION When one reflects on a course about the sayings of Jesus, two Gospels are best: Matthew or Luke.  Those two Gospels have the most sayings of Jesus, and they … Continue reading New Lesson: “The Sayings of Jesus” -Rev. Dr. David Fekete

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“The Tantric Teacher of Ancient Greece” -Birrell Walsh, PhD

  Birrell Walsh, PhD, discusses the teachings of the influential Greek mystic/philosopher Diatima, and their relation to Swedenborgian love-theology.   Click below for a printable PDF version of the talk: The Tantric Teacher of Ancient Greece   Birrell Walsh, PhD is a writer and scholar of comparative religion and mysticism. He has written several novels, … Continue reading “The Tantric Teacher of Ancient Greece” -Birrell Walsh, PhD

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“Your Angel Allies” -Rev. Kit Billings

  In this sermon, Rev. Kit Billings discusses the essential Swedenborgian concept of angelic beings, and how they form an integral part of spiritual reality, which effects us deeply in our own inner (and outer) journeys.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Kit’s message: “Your Angel Allies” – Rev. Kit Billings … Continue reading “Your Angel Allies” -Rev. Kit Billings

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“The Raven and the Dove” -Rev. Junchol Lee

  In this sermon, delivered and recorded at the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church on January 5, 2020, Rev. Junchol Lee explores the depth of symbolism in biblical and mythological narratives from a Swedenborgian angle.     Rev Junchol Lee – “The Raven and the Dove” (Jan 5, 2020): http://geewhizlabs.com/swedenborg/Sermons/JLSermons/20200105-JL-RavenAndDove.mp3     Rev, Junchol Lee is pastor … Continue reading “The Raven and the Dove” -Rev. Junchol Lee

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“The Peaceable Kingdom” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

  In this Advent sermon, Rev. Shada Sullivan discusses the ancient image of the “Peaceable Kingdom”, and how its inner and outer manifestation is reflected in a Swedenborgian understanding of the power if the Advent story.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Shada’s sermon: The Peaceable Kingdom – Rev. Shada Sullivan … Continue reading “The Peaceable Kingdom” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

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“While Shepherds Watched” -Rev. Kit Billings

  In this Advent sermon, Rev. Kit Billings discusses the themes of light and darkness, and how the biblical story of the Advent and Nativity of Christ relates to our own inner struggle for meaning and illumination.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Kit’s sermon: “While Shepherds Watched” – Rev. Kit … Continue reading “While Shepherds Watched” -Rev. Kit Billings

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“Advent Prophecy” -Rev. Kit Billings

  In this message, Rev. Kit Billings discusses the ancient prophecies behind the First Advent of Christ, and how this age-old narrative related intimately to our own inner spiritual growth, drawing from the Bible and the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Kit’s sermon: Advent Prophecy -Rev. … Continue reading “Advent Prophecy” -Rev. Kit Billings

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“The Lord is In You” -Rev. Kit Billings

In this message, Rev. Kit Billings discusses the presence of the Divine at the very core of all beings, and how we can intentionally make ourselves aware of, and cultivate, this inner light and vital force. Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Kit’s message: The Lord is in You – Rev. Kit … Continue reading “The Lord is In You” -Rev. Kit Billings

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“Forgiveness” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

  Swedenborg held a view of the Divine as infinitely and unconditionally forgiving and non-judgmental. At the same time he stresses the importance of forgiveness as an essential spiritual practice in our journey of regeneration. In this sermon, Rev. Hugh Odhner explores the Swedenborgian take on the concept of “forgiveness”, both theologically and practically, and invites … Continue reading “Forgiveness” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

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“When You Pray” -Rev. Robert McCluskey

  In this sermon, Rev. Robert McCluskey of Wayfarer’s Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Rev. Robert McCluskey discusses the Swedenborgian perspective of prayer, and the importance of inner transformation.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. McCluskey’s sermon: “When You Pray” -Rev. Robert McCluskey   Rev. Robert McCluskey, B.A., M.A., is … Continue reading “When You Pray” -Rev. Robert McCluskey

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“With” – Birrell Walsh, PhD

In this message, delivered at Hillside, an Urban Sanctuary (a ministry of the Swedenborgian Church of N.A.), Birrell Walsh, PhD, invites us to consider the practice of “With-ness” and how “being present” relates to the fundamentals of Swedenborgian spirituality.   Click below for a printable PDF version of the message: “With” – Birrell Walsh, PhD … Continue reading “With” – Birrell Walsh, PhD

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“The Meaning of Baptism” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

  In this sermon, Rev. Hugh Odhner of the Lord’s New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA, explores the meaning of the rite of baptism from a Swedenborgian perspective.   Click Below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Odhner’s sermon: “The Meaning of Baptism” – Rev. Hugh Odhner   Rev. Hugh Odhner has been an … Continue reading “The Meaning of Baptism” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

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ODBlog: “What is Sin?” -Rev. Kathy Speas

“What is Sin?” -Reflections from Rev. Kathy Speas   Sin. No matter what our beliefs, that’s a loaded word. Given the common association of sin with pleasure, maybe I should have titled this sermon, “What Isn’t Sin?” I have never heard “sinfully delicious” used in reference to salad greens. “Sin City” is not a town … Continue reading ODBlog: “What is Sin?” -Rev. Kathy Speas

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“Five Ways to Prepare for Heaven” -Rev. Kit Billings

  In this sermon, deliviered at the LaPorte New Church in LaPorte, Indiana, Rev. Kit Billings reflects on our timely need for being kind to each other, and offers five reflection points on how we may continue to grow heaven within and around ourselves.   Click below for a printable PDF version or Rev. Kit’s … Continue reading “Five Ways to Prepare for Heaven” -Rev. Kit Billings

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“All About Eve” -Rev. George F. Dole

    In this sermon, Rev. George F. Dole, professor at the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and long-time scholar of the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, discusses some of the esoteric dimensions of the mythological story of Adam and Eve, and how they relate to our inner spiritual … Continue reading “All About Eve” -Rev. George F. Dole

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“Reading Swedenborg” E2: Divine Love and Wisdom §1-10

  Join Rev. Thom in Episode 2 of our “Reading Swedenborg” podcast. In this episode, we discuss Sections 1-10 in Swedenborg’s Divine Love and Wisdom, which dive straight into some profound and fundamental themes in Swedenborg. You can access the text online for free, as well as purchase the latest translation at the Swedenborg Foundation’s … Continue reading “Reading Swedenborg” E2: Divine Love and Wisdom §1-10

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“Woman, Child, Wings, Dragon, Earth” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

  In this sermon, delivered at the Church of the Holy City in Wilmington, DE, Rev. Shada Sullivan explores “New Church Day”, the birth of the Swedenborgian Church, and how this key concept in Swedenborg’s theology and vision of the future relates to the often mysterious Book of Revelation.   Click below for a printable … Continue reading “Woman, Child, Wings, Dragon, Earth” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

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“Becoming a Living Soul” -Rev. Junchol Lee

  In this Sermon, Rev. Junchol Lee, pastor at the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, offers a Swedenborgian interpretation of the biblical creation narrative. What might this ancient myth tell us about our own inner life, and our being and becoming a truly living soul?   Click below for an audio recording of Rev. Lee’s sermon: http://geewhizlabs.com/swedenborg/Sermons/JLSermons/20190428-JL-LivingSoul.mp3 … Continue reading “Becoming a Living Soul” -Rev. Junchol Lee

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ODB Interview: Rev. Sage Cole – The Helen Keller Spiritual Life Center

  Rev. Thom of Our Daily Bread recently talked with Rev. Sage Cole of Swedenborg Chapel in Cambridge, MA about the exciting things happening at the Chapel, including the establishment of the Helen Keller Spiritual Life Center.   Below is an audio recording of the interview:

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ODB PODCAST: “Reading Swedenborg” – Divine Love and Wisdom with Rev. Thom Muller

Join Rev. Thom Muller, managing editor of Our Daily Bread, and many special guests, as we explore Swedenborg’s classic work “Divine Love and Wisdom”! Each week, we will be uploading a new episode of “Reading Swedenborg”, discussing a number of sections of the text. You can access the book in its 2010 “New Century Edition”, … Continue reading ODB PODCAST: “Reading Swedenborg” – Divine Love and Wisdom with Rev. Thom Muller

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“Thoughts in my Garden” – Rev. Jane Siebert

    In this sermon, delivered at the New Jerusalem Church in Bath, Maine, Rev. Jane Siebert reflects on a little known treasure of Swedenborgian literature: “Thoughts in my Garden” by Mary G. Ware, first published in 1863, which is a profound reflection on the correspondences of nature.   Click below for a printable PDF … Continue reading “Thoughts in my Garden” – Rev. Jane Siebert

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“Lighten the Darkness, Rekindle the Hope” – The Night Ministry in San Francisco

“Love, in its essence, is spiritual fire.” –Emanuel Swedenborg, CL §235  A Night Minister passes a “parishioner” in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District                                              Photograph © by Kyle Ludowitz, kylemerrit.com   The city of San Francisco is … Continue reading “Lighten the Darkness, Rekindle the Hope” – The Night Ministry in San Francisco

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Audio-Sermon: “The Creation of Humankind” -Rev. Junchol Lee

The creation myth in the book of Genesis still confuses and challenges its readers in the 21st century. Rev. Junchol Lee of the San Francsico Swedenborgian Church examines this epic tale through the lens of Swedenborg’s mystical reading of Scripture.   Readings: (click for links to texts) Genesis 1:26-28, John 10:31-39, Secrets of Heaven §8891 … Continue reading Audio-Sermon: “The Creation of Humankind” -Rev. Junchol Lee

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“The Road to the Cross” -Rev. George F. Dole

  In this sermon, Swedenborgian scholar and minister Rev. George F. Dole reflects on the inner meaning of the narrative of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, celebrated on Palm Sunday.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Dole’s sermon: Road to the Cross   The Reverend George Dole has been a renowned scholar … Continue reading “The Road to the Cross” -Rev. George F. Dole

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Lenten Reflection: “Near, Oh So Near…” -Rev. Jonathan Mitchell

  Off and on over the years I have gotten addicted to various puzzles, computer games, and the like. If you’re like me, I think you’ll find that you get particularly hooked when you feel that you almost have one solved, but not quite. I find myself saying, “I’ll try just one more thing, and … Continue reading Lenten Reflection: “Near, Oh So Near…” -Rev. Jonathan Mitchell

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New ODB Series: “Service in Action”

  We are happy to announce a new ODB series: The “Service in Action” programming will keep you informed about ministries of service, compassion and justice within the Swedenborgian Church of North America and beyond. Stay tuned!   “Feeling the joy of someone else as joy within ourselves – that is loving.” -Divine Love and … Continue reading New ODB Series: “Service in Action”

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“Two Waters Separated” – Rev. Junchol Lee

  In this Sermon, Rev. Junchol Lee, pastor at the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, offers a Swedenborgian interpretation of the mythological second day of creation in the Book of Genesis. Knowing and learning is perhaps the most important activity for a human being for one’s survival, self-fulfillment, having and maintaining relationships, and ultimately spiritual cultivation. … Continue reading “Two Waters Separated” – Rev. Junchol Lee

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New Lesson: “The Sayings of Jesus” -Rev. Dr. David Fekete

  In this course, Rev. Dr. David Fekete, co-editor of Our Daily Bread, engages famous sayings of Christ from the Gospels through a Swedenborgian lens. INTRODUCTION When one reflects on a course about the sayings of Jesus, two Gospels are best: Matthew or Luke.  Those two Gospels have the most sayings of Jesus, and they … Continue reading New Lesson: “The Sayings of Jesus” -Rev. Dr. David Fekete

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“Divine Lockout” – Rev. George F. Dole

In this piece, Swedenborgian scholar and theologian Rev. George F. Dole explores the biblical epic of the relationship between the divine and the human, as understood through Swedenborg’s esoteric scriptural exegesis.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Dole’s article: Divine Lockout – Rev. George F. Dole   Rev. George Dole has been … Continue reading “Divine Lockout” – Rev. George F. Dole

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“Heavenly Community on Earth” -Rev. Susannah Currie

  In this sermon, delivered at the Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church in Bridgewater, MA, Rev. Susannah Currie explores the theme of the New Jerusalem in the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, and how we might realize it in the present moment.  

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ODBlog: Water and Fire – Rev. Robert McCluskey

  “Deep, unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.”* -George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), 1859     Christmas: Jesus is born to his father and mother; he begins as a member of a family.   Eight days later, he is circumcised, and shortly after that he … Continue reading ODBlog: Water and Fire – Rev. Robert McCluskey

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“Be Not Anxious – Yet Be Anxious!” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

  In this Sermon, delivered at the Lord’s New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA, Rev. Hugh Odhner invites us to reflect on the different kinds of anxiety we face in life, as we begin the new year.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Odhner’s sermon: Be not Anxious – Yet be … Continue reading “Be Not Anxious – Yet Be Anxious!” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

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“The Creatress” -Birrell Walsh, PhD

  In this message, delivered at the Swedenborgian Community Church at Hillside in El Cerrito, CA, Birrell Walsh, PhD, discusses Swedenborg’s use of a feminine image God in his work “Divine Love and Wisdom”.   Click below for a printable PDF version of the message: The Creatress   Birrel Walsh, PhD is a writer and scholar … Continue reading “The Creatress” -Birrell Walsh, PhD

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“How the Lord Enters Our Hearts: Mary and the Angel Gabriel” – Rev. Susannah Currie

  Rev. Susannah Currie shares about the inner meaning of the Annunciation, and what Mary and the Angel Gabriel represent within our own psyche as we open ourselves to the presence of the Divine.   Posted by Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church on Sunday, December 9, 2018   Rev. Susannah Currie has served as pastor of the Bridgewater New … Continue reading “How the Lord Enters Our Hearts: Mary and the Angel Gabriel” – Rev. Susannah Currie

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“The Presence of the Lord Within Us” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

  In this sermon, Rev. Hugh Odhner, pastor at the Lord’s New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA, reminds us that Swedenborgian Christmas is something which occurs within. How does the divine enter into our lives, and how do we enter into the divine?   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Odhner’s sermon: … Continue reading “The Presence of the Lord Within Us” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

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“The Presence of the Lord Within Us” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

  In this sermon, Rev. Hugh Odhner, pastor at the Lord’s New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA, reminds us that Swedenborgian Christmas is something which occurs within. How does the divine enter into our lives, and how do we enter into the divine?   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Odhner’s sermon: … Continue reading “The Presence of the Lord Within Us” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

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“Jesus Wept” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

    In this sermon, delivered at the Church of the Holy City in Wilmington, Delaware, Rev. Shada Sullivan engages the phrase used by the writer of the Gospel of John, “Jesus Wept”. How can the image of a Christ who shares in human grief and suffering enrich our understanding of our relationship with the … Continue reading “Jesus Wept” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

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New Lesson: “The Sayings of Jesus” -Rev. Dr. David Fekete

  In this course, Rev. Dr. David Fekete, co-editor of Our Daily Bread, engages famous sayings of Christ from the Gospels through a Swedenborgian lens. INTRODUCTION When one reflects on a course about the sayings of Jesus, two Gospels are best: Matthew or Luke.  Those two Gospels have the most sayings of Jesus, and they … Continue reading New Lesson: “The Sayings of Jesus” -Rev. Dr. David Fekete

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“Social Justice is the New Jerusalem” -Rev. Dr. Jim Lawrence

From its beginnings in late eighteenth-century England and continuing up to the present day, a careful debate has cropped up from time to time within the Swedenborgian tradition as to what extent social justice issues might be broached in church discourse. The answering light shimmers from the New Jerusalem itself. Click below for a printable … Continue reading “Social Justice is the New Jerusalem” -Rev. Dr. Jim Lawrence

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“The Touch of Doubt” -Joy Barnitz

  In this sermon, Joy Barnitz explores the biblical narrative of “doubting Thomas”, and the role doubt can play in healthy spirituality.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Joy’s sermon: The Touch of Doubt   Joy Barnitz earned a Master of Divinity and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Theology, both from the Pacific … Continue reading “The Touch of Doubt” -Joy Barnitz

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“Ex Divina Misericordia: Mercy in Swedenborg and Padre Pio” -Rev. Thom Muller

This sermon explores the theme of Mercy in Swedenborg, and a more recent controversial Christian mystic, Padre Pio of Pietrelchina. What do these two holy men have to say about the concept of a “merciful God”?   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Muller’s sermon: Ex Divina Misericordia   Rev. Thom Muller … Continue reading “Ex Divina Misericordia: Mercy in Swedenborg and Padre Pio” -Rev. Thom Muller

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“Eating from the Tree of Life” -Rev. Kit Billings

  In this sermon, delivered at the 218 Annual Convention of the Swedenborgian Church of North America, Rev. Kit Billings, convention preacher, explores the inner sense of the Book of Revelation, and how its surprisingly positive and inspiring message can take shape in our lives as individuals and communities.   Click below for a printable … Continue reading “Eating from the Tree of Life” -Rev. Kit Billings

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“The Moses Within Us” – Rev. Hugh Odhner

  In this sermon, Rev. Hugh Odhner explores the inner spiritual meaning of the Book of Exodus, and the person of Moses, through a Swedenborgian lens, and how this mythological character relates to a deep aspect of our own spiritual being.   Click below for a printable PDF version: The Moses Within Us   Rev. Hugh … Continue reading “The Moses Within Us” – Rev. Hugh Odhner

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“A Law of Divine Providence” -Rev. Junchol Lee

    Freedom may be the most fundamental condition in order for a human to pursue a life properly and appropriately in accordance with one’s own desire and will. In this sermon, given at the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, Rev. Junchol Lee explore Swedenborg’s perspectives on the importance of freedom, and what it means to practice one’s … Continue reading “A Law of Divine Providence” -Rev. Junchol Lee

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“David and Goliath” -Rev. Susannah Currie

In this sermon, delivered at the New Jerusalem Church, in Bridgewater, MA, Rev. Susannah Currie discusses the well-known biblical story of David and Goliath, and how this ancient myth reflects profound spiritual processes within ourselves. Suggested Readings: 1 Samuel 17 Emanuel Swedenborg, Apocalypse Explained §781 Rev. Susannah Currie has served as pastor of the Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church … Continue reading “David and Goliath” -Rev. Susannah Currie

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“Turn Toward the Lord” -Rev. Kit Billings

  In this sermon, delivered at the La Porte New Church in La Porte, IN, Rev. Kit Billings explores the notion of “turning toward the Lord”, and how we may practice this in light of the Writings for the New Church.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Kit’s sermon: “Turn Toward the … Continue reading “Turn Toward the Lord” -Rev. Kit Billings

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“Remember to Sabbath” – Rev. Jane Siebert

  In this sermon, delivered at the New Jerusalem Church in Pretty Prairie, Kansas, Rev. Jane Siebert shares about the importance of rest and self-care in our spiritual life.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Jane’s sermon: Remember to Sabbath   Rev. Jane Siebert is the current president of the Swedenborgian Church … Continue reading “Remember to Sabbath” – Rev. Jane Siebert

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AudioSermon: “Change is the Only Constant” -Rev. Susannah Currie

In this sermon, delivered at the New Jerusalem Church (Swedenborgian) in Bridgewater, MA, Rev. Susannah Currie discusses the one constant aspect of the finite human experience: Change.     Rev. Susannah Currie has served as pastor of the Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church since 2009. She served three terms as Treasurer of the General Convention of Swedenborgian Churches and five years as Recording Secretary for the denomination. … Continue reading AudioSermon: “Change is the Only Constant” -Rev. Susannah Currie

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Sustaining and Healing God’s Creation – Rev. Kit Billings

  In this sermon, delivered at the LaPorte New Church in LaPorte, Indiana, Rev. Kit Billings discusses our responsibility to care for creation as part of our spiritual practice.   Click below for a printable PDF of the Sermon:   Sustaining and Healing God’s Creation   Rev. Kit Billings, his wife Penny and their daughter Julia moved … Continue reading Sustaining and Healing God’s Creation – Rev. Kit Billings

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Spiritual Astrophysics – Rev. Dr. James Lawrence

Rev. Dr. James Lawrence, dean of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies, pays tribute to the late Stephen Hawking by engaging the philosophical implications of his groundbreaking work in astrophysics in comparison to Swedenborg’s scientific as well as mystical insights.   Click below for a printable PDF version of the text: Spiritual Astrophysics   Rev. Dr. … Continue reading Spiritual Astrophysics – Rev. Dr. James Lawrence

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Panentheism: God Within Nature -Rev. Robert McCluskey

Often contemporary debates on matters of religion, philosophy, and spirituality over-simplify both our questions and our answers. Do we have to choose between the interventionist god of theism and scientific materialism or pantheism in our quest to understand the nature of the Divine and humanity? Can either be reconciled with reason? Rev. Robert McCluskey explores the … Continue reading Panentheism: God Within Nature -Rev. Robert McCluskey

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“… And the World is About to Turn” -Joy Barnitz

In this message, Joy Barnitz engages the theme of changing seasons of time, and how they reflect our relationship with each other and the Divine. Click below for a printable PDF version of Joy’s sermon: “… And the World is About to Turn”   Joy Barnitz earned a Master of Divinity and a Certificate of Swedenborgian … Continue reading “… And the World is About to Turn” -Joy Barnitz

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Gnosis: The Knowledge of Spiritual Mysteries -Rev. Susannah Currie

  “We are opened to the wisdom of the heart through knowing and experiencing that a relationship with our divine source is the pearl of great price!” – Rev. Susannah Currie Click below for an audio recording of Rev. Susannah’s Sermon:   Gospel Readings: Matthew 7:6-8,13:45-46   Rev. Susannah Currie has served as pastor of the Bridgewater New … Continue reading Gnosis: The Knowledge of Spiritual Mysteries -Rev. Susannah Currie

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ODBlog: “When Thoughts and Prayers Don’t Matter (and When They Do)

  When Thoughts and Prayers Don’t Matter (and When They Do) -Rev. Thom Muller   As you may suspect, the title of this piece is a reference to a debate, or maybe the better word is lamentation or outcry, that’s been a theme in both social media as well as main stream media. There is a … Continue reading ODBlog: “When Thoughts and Prayers Don’t Matter (and When They Do)

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Happy Birthday to a Man of Many Faults -Rev. Coleman Glenn

  January 29 marked the 330th anniversary of Emanuel Swedenborg’s birth (going by the Julian calendar anyway). In my particular denomination of Swedenborgianism, our celebrations of Swedenborg’s birthday are more muted than they once were – we rarely any longer sing, “To Swedenborg, Our Wondrous Seer” (a real song, sung to the tune of “O Tannenbaum”). But … Continue reading Happy Birthday to a Man of Many Faults -Rev. Coleman Glenn

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Worldly and Spiritual Riches and Poverty -Rev. Susannah Currie

  In this sermon, delivered at the Bridgewater New Church in Bridgewater, MA, Rev. Susannah Currie explores the issues regarding material and spiritual wealth, the reality of poverty, and how they intersect, through a Swedenborgian lens.   Readings: Psalm 49 (https://newchristianbiblestudy.org/bible/king-james-version/psalms/49/) and Luke 18:18-25 (https://newchristianbiblestudy.org/bible/king-james-version/luke/18/)   Click below for an audio recording of Rev. Currie’s … Continue reading Worldly and Spiritual Riches and Poverty -Rev. Susannah Currie

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A Sermon for the New Year -Rev. Hugh Odhner

  In this sermon, the Rev. Hugh Odhner discusses some ways in which an exploration of the inner meaning of the Word can be deeply valuable and insightful as we contemplate the changing of seasons and times.   Click below for a printable PDF version of Rev. Odhner’s sermon: A Sermon for the New Year … Continue reading A Sermon for the New Year -Rev. Hugh Odhner

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“Parallels Between the First and Second Advents” -Rev. Michael Gladish

    Advent is usually a time of anticipation of the light represented by the first coming of Christ. In this sermon, Rev. Michael Gladish explores the connection between the “first” Advent, and a Swedenborgian understanding of the second Coming of Christ, as it unfolds within us and the internal sense of the Word. Click … Continue reading “Parallels Between the First and Second Advents” -Rev. Michael Gladish

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“The Parable of the Talents” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

  In this sermon, Rev. Shada Sullivan, minister at the Church of the Holy City in Wilmington, Delaware, explores a well-known parable from the Gospels from a Swedenborgian perspective, and relates it to current socio-political, as well as personal issues. Click below for a printable PDF version of Shada’s sermon: The Parable of the Talents … Continue reading “The Parable of the Talents” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

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“Hell is Not Eternal – Unless We Want It to Be” – Rev. Hugh Odhner

  In this Sermon, delivered at the Philadelphia Society of the Lord’s New Church, Rev. Hugh Odhner engages a theme that has occupied Swedenborgian theologians throughout the centuries: The question of the “Eternity of the Hells”. In Swedenborg’s cosmology, are hellish states static and eternal, or does the process of regeneration continue to draw us … Continue reading “Hell is Not Eternal – Unless We Want It to Be” – Rev. Hugh Odhner

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“Where is the Peace of God in a Violent World?” -Rev. Wilma Wake

  “Where is the Peace of God in a Violent World?” – This question may arise in many of us as we process the prevalence of suffering, violence, tragedy, and cruelty that exists on the planet. Rev. Wilma Wake of the Swedenborgian Community Online at http://swedenborgiancommunity.org, engages this question from a Swedenborgian perspective. Click below … Continue reading “Where is the Peace of God in a Violent World?” -Rev. Wilma Wake

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“The Parable of the Talents” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

  In this sermon, Rev. Shada Sullivan, minister at the Church of the Holy City in Wilmington, Delaware, explores a well-known parable from the Gospels from a Swedenborgian perspective, and relates it to current socio-political, as well as personal issues. Click below for a printable PDF version of Shada’s sermon: The Parable of the Talents … Continue reading “The Parable of the Talents” -Rev. Shada Sullivan

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“How to Maintain your Chillness” -Rev. Junchol Lee

  Scripture Readings:  1 Samuel 28:3-25, Leviticus 19:31 At desperate times, we sometimes go to extreme lengths to avoid unwanted realities. Often, this tendency of seeking an escape can lead us even further away from gaining the comfort and hope that we truly need. Hear the Rev. Junchol Lee reflect upon biblical advice about how to process desperate … Continue reading “How to Maintain your Chillness” -Rev. Junchol Lee

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“E Pluribus Unum: Pluralism, not Sameness” -Rev. David Fekete

In this talk, delivered at the 2017 Convention of the National American Interfaith Network in San Diego, California, Rev. David Fekete addresses the issue of Ecumenism, Pluralism, and a Swedenborgian view of growth through diversity in an inter-religious context. Click below for a PFD version of Rev. Fekete’s lecture: E Pluribus Unum – Rev. David … Continue reading “E Pluribus Unum: Pluralism, not Sameness” -Rev. David Fekete

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“Resistance is not Futile!” -Rev. Jenn Tafel

  In this sermon, Rev. Jenn Tafel discusses the spiritual implications of resistance, and the place it can have in our lives in challenging times. Click below for a printable PDF version of Jenn’s sermon: Resistance is not Futile  

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New CSS Online Course on “The Word Explained” with Dr. George Dole (open to public!)

  The Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA is offering this unique opportunity to take a course from Dr. George F. Dole on Swedenborg’s work “The Word Explained”. Spaces are limited. Click below for a PDF version of the flyer for more information, and email cssinfo@gtu.edu to enroll. The … Continue reading New CSS Online Course on “The Word Explained” with Dr. George Dole (open to public!)

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2017 FNCA Lectures

  Fryeburg New Church Assembly is a retreat center of the Swedenborgian Church of North America in Fryeburg, Maine. Every year, Swedenborgians from around the country, and all branches of the movement, gather for two weeks of lectures, activities, spiritual practice and contemplation in this scenic New England setting. If you are interested in attending … Continue reading 2017 FNCA Lectures

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“Ruth: A Woman to Remember Always” -Rev. Kit Billings

  In this sermon, given at the Almont New Church Assembly, Rev. Kit Billings explores the biblical narrative of Ruth, and a Swedenborgian understanding of its inner meaning. Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Billing’s sermon: Ruth: A Woman to Remember Always   Rev. Kit Billings, his wife Penny and their daughter Julia moved to … Continue reading “Ruth: A Woman to Remember Always” -Rev. Kit Billings

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“The Psychologist and the Mystic” -Rev. Hannah Hill

  In this essay, Rev. Hannah R. Hill discusses the subtle and not-so-subtle influences of the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg on the ideas and works of the great psychologist William James, author of The Varieties of Religious Experience.   Click below for a PDF version: The Psychologist and the Mystic   Rev. Hannah R. Hill … Continue reading “The Psychologist and the Mystic” -Rev. Hannah Hill

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“Doubt and Grow Spiritually” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

    In this sermon, Rev. Hugh Odhner, minister at the Philadelphia Society of the Lord’s New Church, discusses the spiritual importance of doubt, as illustrated by a Swedenborgian reading of the Gospels.   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Odhner’s sermon: Doubt and Grow Spiritually – Rev. Hugh Odhner   Rev. Hugh … Continue reading “Doubt and Grow Spiritually” -Rev. Hugh Odhner

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Audio Sermon: “Making Friends” -Rev. Anna Woofenden

    In this sermon, delivered at the Garden Church in San Pedro, CA (gardenchurchsp.org), Rev. Anna Woofenden discusses a key subject in the teachings of Emanuel  Swedenborg: The intersection of spirituality and relationship, and the idea of friendship as a spiritual state. Click  below for an audio recording of Anna’s sermon: https://gardenchurchsp.org/publication/making-friends-rev-anna-woofenden-6-18-2017/ Rev. Anna … Continue reading Audio Sermon: “Making Friends” -Rev. Anna Woofenden

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“St. John the Forerunner” – Rev. Thom Muller

  In this sermon, delivered at Hillside Swedenborgian Church in El Cerrito, CA, Rev. Thom Muller explores the deeper message in the imagery of John the Baptist, one of the most intriguing characters of the Gospel narrative.   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Muller’s sermon: St. John the Forerunner   Rev. Thom … Continue reading “St. John the Forerunner” – Rev. Thom Muller

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“Mining Swedenborg” – Birrell Walsh, PhD

  In this article, Birrell Walsh, PhD, a religious scholar who recently discovered the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, reflects on the experience of engaging the Swedish mystic’s prolific work, and how it resembles, in many ways, the act of mining, which Swedenborg himself was very familiar with.   Click below for a PDF version of … Continue reading “Mining Swedenborg” – Birrell Walsh, PhD

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“Upside Down, Feet Up, and Head Down” -Rev. Sage Cole

  In this sermon, delivered at the Swedenborg Chapel in Cambridge, MA, Rev. Sage Cole addresses the need to be spiritually realistic and content with our imperfections.   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Cole’s sermon: Upside Down, Feet Up, and Head Down    Rev. Sage Cole is the current pastor at he historic Swedenborg Chapel in Cambridge, MA. … Continue reading “Upside Down, Feet Up, and Head Down” -Rev. Sage Cole

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Audio Sermon: “Why David” -by Rev Junchol Lee

In this sermon, delivered at the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, Rev. Junchol Lee discusses the inner meaning of some common biblical narratives around the character of David, and how leardership dynamics pan out in our own inner lives. Readings: 1 Samuel 16 1-30 Matthew 18 1-5 Listen to Rev. Lee’s AUDIO sermon below:     … Continue reading Audio Sermon: “Why David” -by Rev Junchol Lee

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“Foundational Teachings in Paul’s Letters” – WEEK III

  Although one can find disparaging passages in Swedenborg’s writings about Paul, we need not assume prejudice against him ourselves. We will attempt to be a fair reader of both Paul and  Swedenborg. When we find doctrinal opposition, we will lay out both sides of the argument. In this way, one will be able to see … Continue reading “Foundational Teachings in Paul’s Letters” – WEEK III

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Blog: “Remembering Wilson Van Dusen” -Rev. Jane Siebert

  Wilson Van Dusen: The Man Who Opened the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg to Many by Rev. Jane Siebert May 2017   A couple of memories to share…   Sitting in the home of Van and Marge, talking about Swedenborg, religion, mysticism, God, was the most holy experience I have ever encountered.  It was not … Continue reading Blog: “Remembering Wilson Van Dusen” -Rev. Jane Siebert

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“Appreciating Public Servants” – Rev. Susannah Currie

  In this Sermon, delivered at the New Jerusalem Church (Swedenborgian) in Bridgewater, MA, the Rev. Susannah Currie explores the significance of appreciating public servants in these trying political times.   Click below for an audio recording of Rev. Currie’s sermon:   Readings: Isaiah 9:6-7 & Matthew 5:17-20

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“How We Can Be Peacemakers” -Rev. Rich Tafel

  In this sermon, delivered at the Church of the Holy City in Washington, D.C., Rev. Rich Tafel discusses the Beatitudes, and their ever-relevant call to be peacemakers amid socio-political division and adversity.   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Tafel’s sermon: “How We Can Be Peacemakers” -Rev. Rich Tafel   Rev. Rich … Continue reading “How We Can Be Peacemakers” -Rev. Rich Tafel

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“Foundational Teachings in Paul’s Letters” WEEK II: Christology

  Although one can find disparaging passages in Swedenborg’s writings about Paul, we need not assume prejudice against him ourselves. We will attempt to be a fair reader of both Paul and  Swedenborg. When we find doctrinal opposition, we will lay out both sides of the argument. In this way, one will be able to see … Continue reading “Foundational Teachings in Paul’s Letters” WEEK II: Christology

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“Fear Neutralizer” – Rev. David Brown

  In this sermon, delivered at Wayfarer’s Chapel, the National Memorial to Emanuel Swedenborg in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, the Rev. David Brown explores the theme of fear and insecurity, and insights into how we can cope with the spiritual challenges arising out of them.   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Brown’s … Continue reading “Fear Neutralizer” – Rev. David Brown

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“Spiritual Struggles” – Rev. Susannah Currie

  In this sermon, delivered at the New Jerusalem Church (Swedenborgian) at Bridgewater, MA on March 19, 2017, the Rev. Susannah Currie explores the theme of spiritual struggle, as illustrated by the mythical struggle between Jacob and the “angel” in Genesis 32:   “Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. … Continue reading “Spiritual Struggles” – Rev. Susannah Currie

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ODB Blog: “Do Good Works Matter for Salvation?”

Do Good Works Matter for Salvation? Rev. David J. Fekete, Ph. D. April 26, 2017   You hear sometimes that faith alone saves, and that being good, doing good works—good deeds—don’t contribute to salvation. Sometimes you’ll even hear that good works don’t really matter. I’ve heard someone put it, “You can’t work your way into … Continue reading ODB Blog: “Do Good Works Matter for Salvation?”

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“Resurrection Within: The Invitation of Easter” -Rev. Thom Muller

  In this Easter sermon, Rev. Thom Muller explores Swedenborg’s esoteric interpretation of the Easter narrative, and how it relates to our own inner life.   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Muller’s Sermon: Resurrection Within: The Invitation of Easter   Rev. Thom Muller is pastor of Hillside, an Urban Sanctuary, in El … Continue reading “Resurrection Within: The Invitation of Easter” -Rev. Thom Muller

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Rev. James Lawrence: “Heaven on Wheels – The Inner Dimensions of Ezekiel’s Visions”

  In this sermon, Rev. Dr. James Lawrence, dean of the Center of Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, explores the inner dimensions of the visionary experiences described in the Book of Ezekiel.   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Lawrence’s sermon: Rev. Dr. James Lawrence: “Heaven on Wheels” … Continue reading Rev. James Lawrence: “Heaven on Wheels – The Inner Dimensions of Ezekiel’s Visions”

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ODB Online Course: “Foundational Teachings in Paul’s Letters”

  Although one can find disparaging passages in Swedenborg’s writings about Paul, we need not assume prejudice against him ourselves. We will attempt to be a fair reader of both Paul and  Swedenborg. When we find doctrinal opposition, we will lay out both sides of the argument. In this way, one will be able to see … Continue reading ODB Online Course: “Foundational Teachings in Paul’s Letters”

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Colin Amato: “The Ecological Samaritan”

  In this message, delivered at Hillside, an Urban Sanctuary in El Cerrito, California, Swedenborgian seminarian Colin Amato addresses the global ecological crisis through a Swedenborgian lens.   Click below for a PDF version of Colin’s message: Colin Amato: “The Ecological Samaritan”   Colin Amato is a current student at Pacific School of Religion and … Continue reading Colin Amato: “The Ecological Samaritan”

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“Holy Mother – Wholly Human” -Rev. Thom Muller

  In this sermon, Rev. Thom Muller discusses the significance of the character of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Swedenborgian theology and spirituality, and how the inner dimensions of biblical narrative can impact the way we view this archetypal image of motherhood.   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Muller’s talk: Holy … Continue reading “Holy Mother – Wholly Human” -Rev. Thom Muller

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ODB Blog: “Where Are Films, Society, Going?” -Rev. David Fekete

Where Are Films, Society, Going? Rev. David Fekete, Ph.D. March 2017   I write this blog not as a film critic, nor as a religious authority, but as a spiritually-minded individual who likes watching movies. I am troubled by two of the highly-acclaimed Academy Award winners, “Moonlight,” and “Manchester by the Sea.” What I find … Continue reading ODB Blog: “Where Are Films, Society, Going?” -Rev. David Fekete

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Rev. George F. Dole: “Answers and Questions”

  In this sermon, delivered at the Church of the New Jerusalem in Bath, Maine, Rev. George Dole speaks about Swedenborgian epistemology, and the need to approach existential questions with humility.   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Dole’s sermon: Rev. George F. Dole: “Answers and Questions”   Rev. George Dole has been … Continue reading Rev. George F. Dole: “Answers and Questions”

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“Blind Faith – Not!” – Rev. Jane Siebert

  In this sermon, delivered at the New Church of the Southwest Desert in Silver City, New Mexico, Rev. Jane Siebert reflects on the Swedenborgian idea of “faith”:   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Siebert’s sermon: “Blind Faith – Not!” -Rev Jane Siebert   Rev. Jane Siebert is the current president of … Continue reading “Blind Faith – Not!” – Rev. Jane Siebert

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He Lived for Others: The Spirituality of Johnny Appleseed -Rev. Kit Billings

    In this message, Rev. Kit Billings, pastor at the LaPorte New Church in LaPorte, Indiana, reflects on the Swedenborgian spirituality of John Chapman, more commonly known as Johnny Appleseed, called “the American St. Francis” by some. Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Billings’ talk: “He Lived For Others” – Rev. Kit … Continue reading He Lived for Others: The Spirituality of Johnny Appleseed -Rev. Kit Billings

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“The New New Church” – Interview with Curtis Childs of “Off the Left Eye”

In this online conversation, Rev. Thom Muller, Junior Editor of “Our Daily Bread” talks with Curtis Childs, who has been working with the Swedenborg Foundation, running the “Off the Left Eye” YouTube channel, which features videos about subjects related to the works and thought of Emanuel Swedenborg.   What are your thoughts about the “New … Continue reading “The New New Church” – Interview with Curtis Childs of “Off the Left Eye”

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ODB Blog: “Language Games and Multiculturalism” – Rev. David Fekete

  Language Games and Multiculturalism Rev. David Fekete, February 2017   I am deeply committed to interfaith ideals and multicultural societies.  But I just had a striking experience with the tranquil quiet of an acupuncture treatment that raised some vexing questions. But what if being deeply immersed in a culture that values stillness and quiet … Continue reading ODB Blog: “Language Games and Multiculturalism” – Rev. David Fekete

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Rev. David Fekete: Intro to the Swedenborgian Way of Life

In this week’s segment, Rev. David Fekete explores the process of regeneration as described by Swedenborg. Click below for a PDF version of this week’s post: Intro to the Swedenborgian Way of Life – Week VIII  

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“Reflections on Swedenborg and Music” – Rev. Wilma Wake

  In this piece, Rev. Wilma Wake reflects on the intersection of music and spirituality. In this contemplative reflection, you are invited to consider the meaning music has played in your spiritual life and practice. Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Wilma’s message: Swedenborg and Music – Rev. Wilma Wake   Rev. Wilma … Continue reading “Reflections on Swedenborg and Music” – Rev. Wilma Wake

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Joy Barnitz: “Be a Blessing!”

In this sermon, Joy Barnitz explores the ramifications of blessing the world amid troubling circumstances. For a PDF version of Joy’s sermon, click below: Joy Barnitz: “Be A Blessing!”   Joy Barnitz earned a Master of Divinity and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Theology, both from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She is … Continue reading Joy Barnitz: “Be a Blessing!”

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Rev. David Fekete: “Intro to the Swedenborgian Way of Life, Week VII”

In this week’s segment of “An Introduction to the Swedenborgian Way of Life”, Rev. David Fekete explores Swedenborg’s concept of “Conjugial Love” and his work on marriage and sexuality.     Click below for a PDF version of this week’s segment: Week VII – Marriage

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A New Year – Rev. Anna Woofenden

    In this sermon, delivered at the Garden Church in San Pedro, CA, one of the Swedenborgian Church’s newest ministries, calls us to reflect on the spiritual potential of the new year, as difficult as it may seem.   Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Anna’s talk: A New Year – Rev. … Continue reading A New Year – Rev. Anna Woofenden

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From This Time Onward – Rev. Robert McCluskey

        In this sermon, Rev. Robert McClusky explores the inner meaning of the birth of Christ and the role which the character of Mary plays in this process. How does this narrative relate to our own spiritual life and regeneration?   Click here for a PDF version of the sermon: From This … Continue reading From This Time Onward – Rev. Robert McCluskey

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Rev. David Fekete: Intro to the Swedenborgian Way of Life – Week VI

In this week’s segment of Rev. David Fekete’s “Introduction to the Swedenborgian Way of Life”, he explores the Swedenborgian concept of “Uses” – a fundamental of Swedenborg’s theology and lived spirituality. Click below for a PDF version of this week’s message: Week VI: Uses

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“ODB Throwback”: Rev. George Dole – The Lord is Good to All

In this week’s “ODB Throwback”, we are re-publishing the Rev. George Dole’s 2001 sermon “The Lord is Good to All”, delivered at the Church of the New Jerusalem in Bath, Maine. In this message, Dole explores the Swedenborgian understanding of the Divine as unconditionally loving and caring, as opposed to a wrathful or judgmental view … Continue reading “ODB Throwback”: Rev. George Dole – The Lord is Good to All

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Blog: Christmas, Ritual and Repetition by Rev. David Fekete

Christmas, Ritual, and Repetition Rev. David J. Fekete, Ph.D.   One of the things I like about the Christmas season are Christmas songs on the radio. They intone pleasant, special memories from my past. There’s a sublime still about Christmas that is unique to the season. When I hear Christmas songs, I think of the … Continue reading Blog: Christmas, Ritual and Repetition by Rev. David Fekete

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Cory Bradford-Watts: “Overthrowing Pharaoh” (Audio)

  Cory Bradford-Watts is a student at the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and is currently preparing for ordained Swedenborgian ministry. In “Overthrowing Pharaoh”, an Advent sermon delivered at his current pastoral internship site, the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, he explores Swedenborg’s esoteric … Continue reading Cory Bradford-Watts: “Overthrowing Pharaoh” (Audio)

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Rev. David Fekete: Intro to Swedenborgian Way of Life, Week V

  In this week’s post, Rev. David Fekete explores Swedenborg’s teachings about “Faith”, and how they differ from traditional Christianity. Click below for a PDF version of this week’s post: Rev. David Fekete: Week IV – Faith

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Rev. Susannah Currie: Choosing to Be Grateful

Rev. Susannah Currie offers her reflections on gratitude as a spiritual practice. Click below for a PDF version of her sermon: Choosing to be Grateful

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Rev. David Fekete: Intro to the Swedenborgian Way of Life, Week 3

Rev. David Fekete: An Introduction to the Swedenborgian Way of Life Week III – Heaven and Hell   Rev. David Fekete reflects on Swedenborg’s concept of Heaven and Hell, and how it contrasts with traditional notions of the afterlife. Click below for a PDF version of this week’s course: Week III: Heaven and Hell

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Colin Amato: The Key to Unlocking Scripture

Colin Amato, student at the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and Swedenborgian minister-in-training reflects on the work of Henry Corbin and Swedenborg, as they have influenced his own reading of sacred text. Click below for a PDF version of his article: Colin Amato: The Key to Unlocking Scripture

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Rev. David Fekete — Introduction Week 2

Below is week 2 of David Fekete’s “Introduction to the Swedenborgian Way of Life”. This week, Rev. Fekete reflects on the Swedenborgian image of God. Click here for this week’s course    

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Rev. David Fekete: An Introduction to the Swedenborgian Way of Life – Week One

Rev. David Fekete: An Introduction to the Swedenborgian Way of Life – Week One Rev. David Fekete’s accessible and insightful exploration of Swedenborgianism, as a philosophy as well as a spiritual practice. Check out Week I below: Intro To Swedenborgian Way of Life: Week I

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Rev. George Dole: Our Choice?

Rev. George Dole: Our Choice? This is an “ODB Flashback” re-publication of a classic sermon by esteemed Swedenborgian scholar and minister George F. Dole. click below for a PDF version of the sermon: Rev. George Dole: Our Choice?

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Rev. Jenn Tafel: Coming Down the Mountain: Reflections from Almont New Church Assembly

Rev. Jenn Tafel: Coming Down the Mountain: Reflections from Almont New Church Assembly Rev. Tafel reflects on her recent experience at Almont New Church Assembly in Michigan. Click below for a pdf version of her article: Rev. Jenn Tafel: Coming Down From the Mountain

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Rev. Thom Muller: Evolving Divinity

Rev. Thom Muller: Evolving Divinity Delivered at Hillside, an Urban Sanctuary, in El Cerrito, CA. Click below for Rev. Muller’s talk: Evolving Divinity by Rev. Thom Muller

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Rev. David Fekete: Spiritual Food

Rev. David Fekete: Spiritual Food A sermon delivered at the Church of the Holy City in Edmonton, Alberta. Click below for Rev. Fekete’s sermon: spiritual-food-by-rev-david-fekete

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Rev. Anna Woofenden: Listen Through the Fear

Rev. Anna Woofenden: Listen Through the Fear Rev. Anna Woofenden: Listen Through the Fear Rev. Anna Woofenden is the pastor of The Garden Church in San Pedro, CA, a Swedenborgian community that works, worships, and eats together in their urban garden sanctuary. An audio recording of this sermon is available at http://gardenchurchsp.org/listen-fear-rev-anna-woofenden-6192016/

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New Vlog Post: Spirituality and Religion – Rev. David Fekete

New Vlog Post: Spirituality and Religion – Rev. David Fekete Rev. David Fekete, senior editor of “Our Daily Bread”, continues his ODB Vlog, and reflects on the theme of “Spirituality and Religion” from a Swedenborgian perspective: Below is a PDF version of the video’s script: Spirituality and Religion – Script

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New Lectures from this year’s Fryeburg New Church Assembly!

New Lectures from this year’s Fryeburg New Church Assembly! FNCA is a Swedenborgian retreat center in Fryeburg, Maine, which holds an annual 2-week retreat, which includes lectures by contemporary Swedenborgian scholars and ministers. Below is a link to audio recordings of this year’s lectures, which will be updated as the retreat progresses: http://fryeburg.org/2016listenlectures

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Rev. David Fekete’s Vlog on Religion and Culture in Edmonton, Alberta

Rev. David Fekete’s Vlog on Religion and Culture in Edmonton, Alberta:  

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Rev. Jim Lawrence: “Make Yourself Useful”

Rev. Jim Lawrence: “Make Yourself Useful” (San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, July 17, 2016) Rev. Jim Lawrence – Make Yourself Useful

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Rev. Susannah Currie speaks about the concept of Nonattachment from a Swedenborgian perspective

Rev. Susannah Currie speaks about the concept of Nonattachment from a Swedenborgian perspective: https://soundcloud.com/pastorsusannah/nonattachment Rev. Currie serves at the Swedenborgian New Jerusalem Church in Bridgewater, MA.

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Rev. Kit Billings of LaPorte New Church in LaPorte, IN: A Tree is Known By Its Fruits

Rev. Kit Billings of LaPorte New Church in LaPorte, IN: A Tree is Known By Its Fruits: Kit Billings – A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit (Johnny Appleseed Fest 2015)

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Colin Amato – Levels of Love

Colin Amato – Levels of Love A sermon on spiritual growth, Swedenborg’s “levels of love”, and the mythical relationship between David and Jonathan from a Jungian perspective. (Hillside Swedenborgian Church, El Cerrito, CA; Feb. 14, 2016)

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Junchol Lee: What’s in Heaven?

Junchol Lee: What’s in Heaven? (listen below): Junchol Lee, pastor of San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, delivers a message on Swedenborg’s mystical views of heaven, and their impact on everyday spirituality. (San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, San Francisco, CA; May 15, 2016)

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Rev. David Fekete: Declaring God’s Praise

Rev. David Fekete: Declaring God’s Praise Declaring God’s Praise  Rev. Dr. David J. Fekete March 13, 2016

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