“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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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....

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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:...

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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...

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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...

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