“Parallels Between the First and Second Advents” -Rev. Michael Gladish

Advent is usually a time of anticipation of the light represented by the first coming of Christ. In this sermon, Rev. Michael Gladish explores the connection between the “first” Advent, and a Swedenborgian understanding of the second Coming of Christ, as it unfolds within us and the internal sense of the Word.

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Parellels Between the First and Second Advents – Rev. Michael Gladish

Rev. Michael Gladish is an ordained minister in the General Church of the New Jerusalem and currently serves the Washington New Church and School in Mitchelville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

“The Parable of the Talents” -Rev. Shada Sullivan


In this sermon, Rev. Shada Sullivan, minister at the Church of the Holy City in Wilmington, Delaware, explores a well-known parable from the Gospels from a Swedenborgian perspective, and relates it to current socio-political, as well as personal issues.

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The Parable of the Talents – Rev. Shada Sullivan


The Reverend 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 as Pastor.