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–Emanuel Swedenborg, "New Jerusalem" section 68. 
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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. 
For upcoming programs, click on the "Coming Programs & Events" button at left. 
Wednesday, July 24, 7 PM at the Swedish American Museum:
Dr. Per Faxneld lecture on artist Hilma af Klint
Hilma of Klint: Occultism, Art and the Making of Modern Sweden
With Dr. Per Faxneld, Soderton University, Stockholm

Wednesday, July 24, 7 PM  Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St. Chicago
Co-sponsored by the Swedenborg Library Chicago. 

Hilma of Klint was one of the most significant artists of the last century, and her work is only now receiving the attention it deserves. Her paintings reflect her profound belief in the penetration of divinity through all things. Join us as Dr. Faxneld illuminates the complexities of her artistic endeavor and her place in the occult and esoteric milieus of early 20th century Sweden. $10. 

Dr. Per Faxneld PhD, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at Sodertorn University in Stockholm, is Docent in History of Religions and Lektor in Study of Religions. He specializes in Western esotericism, new religions and alternative spirituality, with an emphasis on how such currents are formed in tandem with processes of modernization. He is the author of “Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Women in 19C Culture,” (Oxford Press), which received the Donner Institute Prize for Eminent Research on Religion. 
Co-sponsored by the Swedenborg Library Chicago.


Hilma af Klint: Occultism, Art and the Making of Modern Sweden

Dr. Per Faxneld, Soderton University, Stockholm

 

Hilma af Klint was one of the most significant artists of the last century, and her work is only now receiving the attention it deserves. Her paintings reflect her profound belief in the penetration of divinity through all things. Join us as Dr. Faxneld illuminates the complexities of her artistic endeavor and her place in the occult and esoteric milieus of early 20th century Sweden. $10.

 

Dr. Per Faxneld PhD, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at Södertörn University in Stockholm, is Docent in History of Religions and Lektor in Study of Religions. He specializes in Western esotericism and is a historian of religions.


Where: Swedish American Museum

5211 N. Clark St. Chicago

When:  Wednesday July 24 at 7 PM

Fee:      $10 

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Scholar Dell Rose joins the Swedenborg Library as Associate Program Director
Dell J. Rose is an American Ph.D. student at the University of Amsterdam. Holding a bachelor’s degree with majors in English, History, and Religion and a master’s degree in Folklore, he is also a fellow of the Swedenborg Society in London.  

To read Dell's latest article, click on the "Readings" navigational tab at left, and you will find his article "The House of David" at the top of the PDFs there, or click here: Readings

Programs from the 2024 Annual Convention of Swedenborgian Churches May Be Viewed Online
Visit Swedenborg.org and scroll down to the logo seen at left to view via YouTube the programs being presented at the annual convention of Swedenborgian Churches at Michigan State University, from June 28 – July 2, 2024. 

The Library's Dell Rose will be presenting a mini-course titled "The Satanic Tyranny of Money" on Sunday, June 30 at noon CST. This program will be found on YouTube shortly afterward. 
Mini-courses from the 2023 Swedenborgian convention in Bridgewater, Massachusetts that concluded July 4th may now be viewed on YouTube. Mini-Courses from the 2023 Annual Convention
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: 
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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