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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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.
Often contemporary debates on matters of religion, philosophy, and spirituality over-simplify both our questions and our answers. Do we have to choose between the interventionist god of theism and scientific materialism or pantheism in our quest to understand the nature of the Divine and humanity? Can either be reconciled with reason? Rev. Robert McCluskey explores the Swedenborgian alternative: Panentheism: God within Nature.
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Panentheism: God Within Nature
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.
In this message, Joy Barnitz engages the theme of changing seasons of time, and how they reflect our relationship with each other and the Divine.
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“… And the World is About to Turn”
Joy Barnitz earned a Master of Divinity and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Theology, both from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She is a certified Veriditas labyrinth facilitator and is currently very involved in the Tri-Cities Interfaith Council’s work in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, Joy earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and consults in the area of product development in the biopharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics industries.