Right: Library speaker Jerry Leitner discusses the gospel of Mary Magdala, a Common Ground program. Due to its size, the group gathered in James Parlor, on the second floor of 77 W. Washington St. for this program. 

Upcoming Events & Programs

Rev. Dr. David Fekete

Thursday, December 1, 2022 / 7–8 PM Central: 
Living in the Midst of the Apocalypse:
The Holy City New Jerusalem with Rev. Dr. David Fekete
 

Swedenborg says that the New Age will look similar to the previous age:


"The state of the world hereafter will be altogether similar to what it has been heretofore,...there will be civil affairs as before, there will be peace, treaties, and wars as before, with all other things which belong to societies in general and particular...as for the state of the church...it will be similar indeed as to the external appearance, but dissimilar as to the internal. As to the external appearance divided churches will exist as heretofore, their doctrines will be taught as heretofore; and the same religions as now exist will exist among the Gentiles."

(The Last Judgement, n.73)


Certain images in Revelation are as beautiful and reassuring:

"Behold, the tabernacle of God will with the human race, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." (Revelation 21:3).

 

Join us for this Zoom-from-home program on the meaning of the concluding chapters of the Book of Revelation on Thursday, December 1, 2022;  7–8 pm CST.  


Rev. Dr. David Fekete will lead the discussion, with Rev. Catherine Lauber, and Rev. Robert McCluskey on hand to participate in the discussion. 

(Note: this program will NOT be held at the Swedenborg Library. To connect via Zoom from your home, download the free application at Zoom.com and email us using the "Contact Us" button at left for the sign-in information.) 

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


WEEK 3 begins a close reading of Revelation, itself.  WEEK 1 was about how to read Revelation.  WEEK 2 was about he subject matter of Revelation: Internal Warfare.  In WEEK 3 we begin to read The Book of Revelation, itself.

The first vision in Revelation is the vision of the Cosmic Christ.  This image harkens back to the Old Testament Prophet Daniel (7:9-13), where He is called The Ancient of Days.  In Revelation, it is Jesus Christ.  The invocation to the entire Book of Revelation states that The Christ freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests.  How?  Following Rev. McCluskey’s last class about internal warfare and temptation, WEEK 3 is about God’s intimate presence during struggles and internal warfare.  The common perception of Revelation is that it is all calamity and earthshaking upheaval.  And it is.  However, Revelation alternates between worship and upheaval.  Preceding every cosmic catastrophe is a worship scene.  So Revelation is not all calamity and earthshaking upheaval.  Each catastrophe is preceded by God’s presence and worship.  God is with us in every struggle we undergo.  In WEEK 3 we will look at the 5 worship scenes in the Book, with a very brief sketch of the following calam


The Holy City As a Bride
The Theme of our December 1, 2022 discussion via Zoom
Sun-Woman Giving Birth by G. Roland Smith ©GenConNewChurch
Living in the Midst of the Apocalypse
October 13 - December 1, 2022  7 pm Central Time
The Book of Revelation program series
Join us for one or all of these Zoom.com sessions
Rev. Dr. David Fekete, Rev. Robert McCluskey, Rev. Catherine Lauber
Join us for one or all of this seven-week discussion on the meaning of The Book of Revelation in the Bible, via Zoom from your home (this series will not be presented AT the Swedenborg Library, but via Zoom.com. Rev. Dr. David Fekete, Rev. Robert McCluskey and Rev. Catherine Lauber will lead the discussions.

October 13: Interpreting Revelation (David)
October 20: War in Heaven (Robert)
October 27: Themes: Cosmic Christ, Worship (David)
November 3: The Seven Seals & Other Sevens (Robert)
November 10: The Dragon/Beast and the Great Whore of Babylon (Catherine)
November 17:  Cosmic Warfare (The Millennium) (Robert)
December 1: The Holy City New Jerusalem (David)

Use the "contact us" button at left to RSVP for this Zoom course. Sponsored by the Swedenborg Library. 
Now available from the Swedenborg Library: An Introducing Swedenborg: Correspondences" by Gary Lachman
In this brief introduction, Gary Lachman gives an accessible overview of the many fascinating ways in which Swedenborg’s system of correspondences has impacted upon the past 250 years. Available in hardcover from the Swedenborg Library for $8 by contacting us at Info@SwedLib.org, or via download at the Swedenborg Foundation for $1.99 in either an E-pub or Kindle format. For more information on the electronic format, click on the image of the book at right to go to the Swedenborg Foundation page.