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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?

 

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Do Not Fear – Remember the Basics

 

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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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 activist, writer and thinker Helen Keller (1880-1968), who stands out in American history as an embodiment of the Swedenborgian ideals of useful service and active faith through her passionate advocacy for women’s rights, disabled rights, racial and social equality, and non-violence, among other causes.

The Helen Keller Spiritual Life Center will provide a space for spiritual growth programs, education, non-profit and social justice work, and hopes to become a hub for many kinds of active service in the spirit of Helen Keller.

 

 

Here’s a video with a recent update, and an invitation to join the effort:

Check out Our Daily Bread’s interview with Sage below:

 

 

If you are interested in hearing more about the Center and Rev. Sage’s work around Helen Keller, you can catch her at one of her presentations! Here are some upcoming dates:

Friday, March 27th 2020 7:00 pm at the Lord’s New Church 1725 Huntingdon Rd. Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
 
Sunday, March 22nd 2020 2:00 pm Church of the Holy City, 1118 N. Broom Street Wilmington, DE 09806
 
Wednesday, April 14th 7:00 pm Swedenborg Memorial Library at Urbana University 579 College Way, Urbana OH 43078
 
Time TBD May 18-21 2020 Institute on Theology and Disability at Western Theological Seminary 101 E. 13th St. Holland, MI 49423

 

Of course, you can find more information at the Center’s website at 

www.hkslc.org

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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”.

 

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

 

 

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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“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.

 

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The Tantric Teacher of Ancient Greece

 

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”. He is a regular contributor to “Our Daily Bread”.

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.

To explore more of his work, visit http://btwreviews.com/

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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.

 

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“Your Angel Allies” – 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, 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 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):

 

 

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.

sfswedenborgian.org

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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.

 

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“While Shepherds Watched” – 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, 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 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.

 

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The Peaceable Kingdom – Rev. Shada Sullivan

 

Rev. Shada Sullivan is a graduate of United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia and The Center for Swedenborgian Studies in Berkeley, CA. She grew up in Australia, and  came to the United States in 1994 to attend Bryn Athyn College, a small Swedenborgian liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia. She has spent time as a chaplain as a stay-at-home Mom, and as leader of the sermon writing team at NewChurch Live (newchurchlive.tv). She now lives in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children and serves the Church of the Holy City in Wilmington, Delaware as Pastor.

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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.

 

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Advent Prophecy -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, a historic Swedenborgian sacred space.

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

laportenewchurch.org

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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.

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The Lord is in You – 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, 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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