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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”?

 

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Ex Divina Misericordia

 

Rev. Thom Muller is pastor at Hillside, an Urban Sanctuary/Hillside Swedenborgian Church in El Cerrito, California, as well as co-editor of Our Daily Bread. His passions include the intersection of religion and psychology, interfaith spirituality, comparative Mysticism, and the Western esoteric tradition. He was ordained into the ministry of the Swedenborgian Church of North America in 2016, upon receiving his theological education at Bryn Athyn College of the New Church and the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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Eating from the Tree of Life -Rev. Kit Billings

 

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.

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

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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.

 

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The Moses Within Us

 

Rev. Hugh Odhner has been an ordained Swedenborgian minister for many decades.

A bridge-builder between the branches of the Swedenborgian movement, he is an active attendee at the Fryeburg New Church Assembly in Fryeburg, Maine, has preached in many Convention settings, and currently serves the Lord’s New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA.

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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 freedom:

 

 

Rev, Junchol Lee is pastor at the historic San Francisco Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco, CA. He enjoys integrating Eastern and Westerm philosophy and spirituality, eriching his community with deep insight into the teachings of Daoism and Buddhism. He lives with his family in San Francisco.

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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

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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.

She holds a B.A. in Accounting, a Masters of Divinity degree, a certificate in Swedenborgian Studies and is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.

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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.

 

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“Turn Toward the Lord” – Rev. Kit Billings

 

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.

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

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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.

 

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Remember to Sabbath

 

Rev. Jane Siebert is the current president of the Swedenborgian Church of North America.

She lives in Pretty Prairie, Kansas, and enjoys the opportunities to visit Swedenborgian churches scattered around the United States and and Canada.

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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.

She holds a BA in Accounting, a Masters of Divinity degree, a certificate in Swedenborgian Studies and is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.

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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.

 

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Sustaining and Healing God’s Creation

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

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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.

 

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Spiritual Astrophysics

 

Rev. Dr. James F. Lawrence has been an ordained minister in the Swedenborgian Church of North America for several decades, and has served in a variety of ministries. A native of Texas, he currently serves as dean of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, where he is a core doctoral faculty member, as well as assistant professor of Christian Spirituality and Historical Studies at Pacific School of Religion. He is an active member of the board of the Swedenborg Foundation.

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