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"Thanks for the welcoming format of the Common Ground lectures at the Swedenborg Library...warm & relaxing." 
Bill, Wilmette, IL
Chicago is currently under an extended stay at home order. Use the "Contact Us" form if you wish to visit the Library during that time. We will not be holding in-person group meetings during this 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. 
Register for Jim Kenney's New Program: The Second Axial Age, starting Saturday, February 6, 2021
Jim Kenney, via his online Global Lecture Hall, is offering a new series of talks online on Saturdays, beginning February 6 and running through February 27, from 1:00 PM Central Time to 2:15 PM:

It's a common trope that modern religion is an attempt to impose antiquated doctrines on an age no longer in need of them. Humans have evolved, we're told; we have outgrown all that. But what if religious teaching and spiritual practice have also evolved? Learn about the First and Second Axial Ages! 

For more information, or to register, go to https://www.JKLectureHall.net or click Jim Kenney Series
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: 
Presentations from the recent "Virtual Annual Convention" of the Swedenborgian Church may be viewed on the denominational Facebook page. Some of the programs include:

"Near-Death Studies & Swedenborg's Spiritual World" with Rev. Dr. James Lawrence of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies. To view, click Near-Death Studies & Swedenborg's Spiritual World

"The Harmonic One: Suggestions of Divine Plurality in the Bible and Swedenborg" with Dr. Rebecca Esterson of the Graduate Theological Union." To view, click Divine Plurality

"Spiritual Cinema: Swedenborg At the Movies" with Dr. Devin Zuber of the Graduate Theological Union. To view, click Swedenborg At the Movies
Note that some of the videos have a 4-minute musical prelude that you can skip by advancing the slide bar at the bottom of the video screen. 
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.


Rebecca Armstrong, Julia Bachrach, Marc Ian BaraschRev. Kit Billings, Denise Breton, Herbert Bronstein, Sophy Burnham, Rabbi Menachem Cohen, Phil Cousineau, John DeBerry, Rev. Dr. George Dole, Barbara Geiger, Mercy Gilpatric, Jack Gilroy, John Haller Jr., Fatima Imam, Kenneth James, Sunny Dawn Johnston, Jim Kenney, Christopher Largent, Stephen & Robin Larsen, Erik Larson, Rev. Dr. James Lawrence, Jerrol Leitner, Dr. Wayne Martindale, Russell Lewis, Ron MillerDr. Raymond Moody, John Moulder, Sarah Odishoo, Paul Quinn, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Rose, Ahmad Sadri, Kristen Schaffer, Ann McNamara Smith, Richard Smoley, John Stolfo,Edward Sylvia, Brother Wayne Teasdale, Dr. Alfred Thomas, Pauline Viviano, Rev. Wilma Wake, John Wasik...