“Doubt and Grow Spiritually” -Rev. Hugh Odhner



In this sermon, Rev. Hugh Odhner, minister at the Philadelphia Society of the Lord’s New Church, discusses the spiritual importance of doubt, as illustrated by a Swedenborgian reading of the Gospels.


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Doubt and Grow Spiritually – Rev. Hugh Odhner


Rev. Hugh Odhner is minister at the Lord’s New Church Philadelphia Society. A bridge-builder between the different Swedenborgian branches, he has preached at several Convention ministries, including the Church of the Holy City in Washington, D.C., and has been a regular attendee and lecturer at Fryeburg New Church Assembly for many years. He lives with his wife Denise in Bryn Athyn, PA.

Audio Sermon: “Making Friends” -Rev. Anna Woofenden



In this sermon, delivered at the Garden Church in San Pedro, CA (gardenchurchsp.org), Rev. Anna Woofenden discusses a key subject in the teachings of Emanuel  Swedenborg: The intersection of spirituality and relationship, and the idea of friendship as a spiritual state.

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Rev. Anna Woofenden is the founding pastor of the Garden Church in San Pedro California, re-imagining church as an interconnected organism, worshiping, loving and serving together while transforming a plot of land into a vibrant urban farm and sanctuary.

Anna received her Masters of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion, a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies, and is an ordained minister in the Swedenborgian Church of North America. Anna has a passion for spirituality, justice, beauty, compassion, and community, and is driven by a calling to re-imagine church.




“St. John the Forerunner” – Rev. Thom Muller


In this sermon, delivered at Hillside Swedenborgian Church in El Cerrito, CA, Rev. Thom Muller explores the deeper message in the imagery of John the Baptist, one of the most intriguing characters of the Gospel narrative.


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St. John the Forerunner


Rev. Thom Muller is pastor of Hillside, an Urban Sanctuary, in El Cerrito, California, as well as junior editor of Our Daily Bread. His passions include the intersection of spirituality and psychology, interfaith theology, Christian 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 / Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

“Mining Swedenborg” – Birrell Walsh, PhD


In this article, Birrell Walsh, PhD, a religious scholar who recently discovered the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, reflects on the experience of engaging the Swedish mystic’s prolific work, and how it resembles, in many ways, the act of mining, which Swedenborg himself was very familiar with.


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Mining Swedenborg


Birrel Walsh, PhD is a writer and scholar of comparative religion. He has written several novels, as well as poetry and the book “Praying for Others”.

Birrell recently became involved in 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/