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

Starting Thursday, October 13: Living in the Midst of the Apocalypse 
with Rev. Dr. David Fekete and Rev. Robert McCluskey
A Zoom-based program beginning Thursday, October 6.

"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 on Thursdays at 7 pm Central time beginning on October 6, 2022. 

Use the "Contact Us" navigation bar at left to RSVP for Zoom access and receive the log-in information. Program is sponsored by the Swedenborg Library, Chicago. 

Living in the Midst of the Apocalypse
October 13 - December 1, 2022  7 pm Central Time
The Book of Revelation program series discussion plan:
Rev. Robert McCluskey
Join us for one or all of this seven-week discussion on the meaning of The Book of Revelation in the Bible. 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.