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. Thom Muller, managing editor of “Our Daily Bread” talks with Rev. Anna Woofenden, founder of the Garden Church in San Pedro, CA about her work in ministry and her recently published book “This is God’s Table – Finding Church Beyond the Walls”.
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.
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.
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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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”.
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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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.
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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