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From This Time Onward – Rev. Robert McCluskey






In this sermon, Rev. Robert McClusky explores the inner meaning of the birth of Christ and the role which the character of Mary plays in this process. How does this narrative relate to our own spiritual life and regeneration?


Click here for a PDF version of the sermon:

From This Time Onward – Rev. Robert McCluskey



mccluskeyRev. 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.

“ODB Throwback”: Rev. George Dole – The Lord is Good to All


In this week’s “ODB Throwback”, we are re-publishing the Rev. George Dole’s 2001 sermon “The Lord is Good to All”, delivered at the Church of the New Jerusalem in Bath, Maine.

In this message, Dole explores the Swedenborgian understanding of the Divine as unconditionally loving and caring, as opposed to a wrathful or judgmental view of God.

Click below for a PDF version of Rev. Dole’s sermon:

Rev. George Dole: The Lord is Good to All



Blog: Christmas, Ritual and Repetition by Rev. David Fekete

Christmas, Ritual, and Repetition

Rev. David J. Fekete, Ph.D.



One of the things I like about the Christmas season are Christmas songs on the radio. They intone pleasant, special memories from my past. There’s a sublime still about Christmas that is

unique to the season. When I hear Christmas songs, I think of the hour-long, night drive we would make to grandma’s house through the wooded Michigan roads to her cottage on a lake.

During the drive, my father would have the Christmas station on the radio, playing Christmas songs. Then there were my cousins, uncles, and grandparents, gift exchange, from grandma, grandpa, and uncle Fran, and aunt Marge’s spiked egg nog. All this and special still are called up and echo in my spirit with Christmas. Yet Christmas songs are the same songs several times a day, or hour. Usually, even the same recording and artist. And that’s OK. Each time I hear these songs, the mood and the memories of grandma’s cottage and the ride there, and all, come back. It’s like egg nog. Stores here only sell it during the Christmas/New Year’s season. Then it’s off the shelves. Likewise, these old favorites are played only during the Christmas season, and hence herald the season and call forth the feelings and memories of Christmas. This is very different from pop songs when they are played over and over. I tire of hearing them and the constant repetition turns them into noise for me.

What I am talking about is the power of ritual. When chants, songs, and intoned words are used for sacred occasions, they take on a ritual power. Then, repetition enhances the spiritual experience. Each time the passage is spoken or sung it invokes the original sacred experience and experiences build and strengthen like resonance. Ritual prayers like the Lord’s Prayer or the Rosary can have a like effect. Also, sacraments such as the Eucharist, or marriage (in Catholicism), or religious liturgy itself happen in this way.

And so I love the same songs of Christmas over and over again, chants, and sacraments. Theirs is a special feeling and mental activity. My spirituality would be impoverished without them and is richer for them.

Cory Bradford-Watts: “Overthrowing Pharaoh” (Audio)




Cory Bradford-Watts is a student at the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and is currently preparing for ordained Swedenborgian ministry.

In “Overthrowing Pharaoh”, an Advent sermon delivered at his current pastoral internship site, the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, he explores Swedenborg’s esoteric reading of the Bible and how the theme of the liberation from Pharaoh relates to our own inner life.


Delivered on December 4, 2016 at the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco, CA