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“The Living Parable of the Wayfarer’s Chapel” -Rev. Rachel Madjerac

As part of ODB’s new “Our Churches in View Series”, Rev. Rachel Madjerac explores the history and mission of the National Monument to Emanuel Swedenborg, Wayfarer’s Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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Rev. Rachel Madjerac, a native of Maine and graduate of Pacific School of Religion and the Center for Swedenborgian Studies in Berkeley, CA, is part of the pastoral team at Wayfarer’s Chapel.

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“Loving My Neighbor” -Rev. Kit Billings

In this sermon, delivered at the LaPorte New Church in LaPorte, IN, Rev. Kit Billings discusses what it means to be civil and constructive in political discourse on a spiritual and practical level.

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Rev. Kit Billings, his wife Penny, and their daughter Julia moved to LaPorte, Indiana in 2012, where he is Pastor of the LaPorte New Church, a historic Swedenborgian sacred space.

Kit enjoys ministering with people of all ages, and supporting others in their journey of growth with the Lord.

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“The Baron Poems” -Birrell Walsh

Having come across the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg in his 70s, poet and scholar of religion Birrell Walsh has written several poems inspired by the Swedish Mystic. Below is a collection of his Swedenborgian poetry.

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Birrell Walsh, PhD is a writer and scholar of comparative religion and mysticism. He has written several novels, as well as poetry and the book “Praying for Others”. Birrell is an active member of the Swedenborgian community at Hillside, an Urban Sanctuary, in El Cerrito, California, where he lives with his wife Nancy.

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“Normal” -Rev. Robert McCluskey

In this reflection, Rev. Robert McCluskey explores the theme of “Normalcy” in times of collective suffering and emergency. How does our concept of what is “normal” determine how effectively we can be agents of positive change and regeneration?

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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 America in 1984.

Rev. McCluskey has pastored Swedenborgian churches in Portland, Maine and New York City, and for 17 years served as Swedenborgian representative to the National Council of Churches. 

He currently serves Wayfarer’s Chapel, the National Monument to Emanuel Swedenborg, in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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“Swedenborg and the Ancient Art of Internal Breathing” -Eleanor Schnarr

In this piece, Eleanor Schnarr, lifelong Swedenborgian and student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, explores the breathing practices of Emanuel Swedenborg and their role in his spiritual and mystical process.

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Eleanor Schnarr is an artist, poet, and Swedenborgian mystic who lives and works at Hillside Swedenborgian Church in El Ceritto, California.

Eleanor holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, a Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and is currently studying at the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

A Seventh generation Swedenborgian, Eleanor has been involved in the practice and study of the work of the Swedish mystic since childhood. In her visual work Eleanor uses oil paint on paper to recreate the visionary experiences of the interior world in a language of line and color; an esthetic which evokes the stained glass windows of the cathedral her hometown of Bryn Athyn, PA.

Her practice centers around the refinement of the interoceptive sense through Swedenborgian spirituality and meditation, or in other words, the “Yoga of the North”. 

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“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.

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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 America in 1984.

Rev. McCluskey has pastored Swedenborgian churches in Portland, Maine and New York City, and for 17 years served as Swedenborgian representative to the National Council of Churches. 

He currently serves Wayfarer’s Chapel, the National Monument to Emanuel Swedenborg, in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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ODB Artist Portrait: The Music of Ken Turley

In this interview with ODB’s Rev. Thom Muller, Rev. Ken Turley shares about his artistic journey as a musician, what has moved him spirituallly and musically, and some recent projects he’s been working on.

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You can check out Rev. Turley’s music on his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPrq3Jpq3E7uHUJyPpA5Atw

Rev. Ken Turley, now retired after 30 years as parish minister and serving as president of Convention, and his wife Laurie, live in Bridgton, ME. While she continues her career as a public school music teacher, Ken devotes his time to composing music, producing music videos, gardening and keeping house. Performing and rehearsing have ground to a halt with the isolation required by the virus, but the  more solitary aspects of his life continue unabated. 

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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.

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The Rev. Christopher A. Barber teaches Religion in the Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools. He writes on matters of church doctrine, history, and life, and loves to help students grasp biblical and theological concepts in the light of a New Church worldview. He lives in Huntingdon Valley with his wife, Annika (Fitzpatrick), and their son.
Contact: www.ChrisBarber.info     

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