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The Swedenborg Library has public hours on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, from 1–5 PM Central Time. 

Above, the monument to Swedenborg, whose vision of the new Jerusalem (Revelation, chapter 21 in the Bible) inspired city planner Daniel Burnham; in Chicago's Lincoln Park on a particularly beautiful day. Swedenborg looks benevolently toward the city, holding a copy of "Secrets of Heaven" to his heart. 
Beginning Thursday, October 13, 2022: Living in the Midst of the Apocalypse: a Zoom-based program featuring Rev. Dr. David Fekete and Rev. Robert McCluskey.    Sponsored by the Swedenborg Library, Chicago

Rev. Dr. David Fekete

"Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day." Albert Camus, The Fall

Are these The End Times?  I think a lot of people are asking that question.  This 7-week course addresses that very question: Living in the Midst of the Apocalypse. Things are apocalyptic, these days. But our perspective on The Book of Revelation sees the apocalypse differently.  The Book of Revelation tells us how to read it. And it tells us that it isn’t about politics. It isn’t about society. It isn’t even about The End Times, on Planet Earth.  Jesus, too, tells us how to read The Book of Revelation:


Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, 


“The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)

 

We will begin the series with a look at how to read Revelation.  You will see that Revelation is a collection of symbols and that everyone who comments on Revelation, ourselves included, is making an interpretation. Our interpretation follows the words of Jesus: all the strange and wonderful imagery in Revelation are pictures of spiritual processes inside us. The warfare and the worship are within. We will then look at the wild pictures in Revelation and see ourselves in the pictures.  And we will see that the New Age prophesied by John is in our midst, today, and in our souls, now.


Join us via Zoom for a series of evening sessions Thursdays at 7 pm Central time beginning on October 13, 2022. 

Use the "Contact Us" navigation bar at left to RSVP for Zoom access and receive the log-in information. 

The class continues on:
Thursday, October 20
Thursday, October 27
Thursday, November 3
Thursday, November 10
Thursday, November 17
Thursday, December 1

For more information on the schedule, click on the "Coming Programs and Events" navigational button.
To join online discussions of others who are reading Swedenborg's work, or to view video presentations, visit one of the sites below:

The Swedenborg Community online: Click Here.

Off The Left Eye videos (organized by topic area:) Click Here.
For blog discussions of Swedenborgian and contemporary topics, or to download books: 
Mini-courses from the Swedenborgian convention in Long Beach, CA may now be viewed on YouTube. 2022 Convention programs
Links to the mini-courses and presentations from the 2021 Swedenborgian Church's may be viewed at the denomination's Youtube page. Click on 2021 Keynote by Gary Lachman and Mini-Courses 
Welcome to the Swedenborg Library in Chicago
Above: Common Ground lecturer Jerry Leitner addresses a group during a Swedenborg Library program taking place in James Parlor at 77 W. Washington St., Chicago. 


Here you'll find information on upcoming events and programs on a wide range of topics, from spiritual practices, the world's religions, spirituality in America among others. 

Our circulating book collection offers a range of contemporary books on spiritual topics, as well as the work of the 18C Swedish scientist and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. 

One of the insights that Swedenborg had about the heavenly realm was that people who lived the good of their religion of all religions were found there. The Swedenborg Library embraces that idea, and is an ecumenical center. People of all faiths, and those who aren't sure what they believe are welcomed here. 

See Events & Programs for information on our upcoming programs. We look forward to seeing you then. Use the Contact Us form for information on our collection.
  
If you will be in downtown Chicago and would like to visit the Swedenborg Library, we are open Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 pm, Thursday afternoons prior to programs, and by appointment. Click on the Calendar link in the top left column for our hours and schedule. 



For more info on upcoming programs, click on the "upcoming events" bar in the left-hand column.

  




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