Right: Library speaker Jerry Leitner discusses the gospel of Mary Magdala, a Common Ground program, in October. 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

Monthly Meditation Service / First Fridays at 5:15 PM
in the Swedenborg Library
Next service: Friday, December 6, 2019 / 5:15-6 pm.
Tom Lane leads the guided meditation
Join the First Fridays monthly meditation and communion service in the Swedenborg Library, led by Tom Lane (pictured) and Karen Fell, pastor. 

You're invited to stop by the holiday market in Daley Plaza at 4 pm beforehand, to purchase a cup of potato soup or a bratwurst, and join us in the Library for the pre-service social gathering. 

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019  
Time: 5:15 pm - 6 pm
Exploring the holiday market: 4-4:30 pm. 

Bon Voyage Farewell Party for Ray Mitchell
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 / 3:30 - 5 PM

Friends of long-time Library volunteer Ray Mitchell are invited to join us for cake and well-wishes to Ray, as he prepares to retire to Barcelona, Spain where his daughter resides. For many years, Ray collected the fees for Common Ground programs held at the Library; he recently donated 200 volumes from his library to the Swedenborg Library. Join us to bid him farewell in the Swedenborg Library on Wednesday, November 20, from 3:30-5 pm! 
BOOK GROUP:
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 / 2-3:30 PM
THE SOCIOPATH NEXT DOOR by Martha Stout
The Swedenborg Library Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout on Wednesday, November 20 from 2-3:30 pm. 

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, clinical psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4% of ordinary people have an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is the complete absence of conscience. They could be your neighbor, your colleague, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt, shame, or remorse. 

We will discuss how to identify a sociopath and how to protect yourself from the ones who cross your path – and who may already be wreaking havoc in your life. 

For information on joining the group, contact the Swedenborg Library. Copies of the book are available on loan from the Swedenborg Library.

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 / 2-3:30 pm
Location: Swedenborg Library, 17th floor,  77 W. Washington St., Chicago.
Fee: Freewill donation toward refreshments.

BOOK GROUP:
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 , 2019 / 2-3:30 PM
OLIVE AGAIN by Elizabeth Strout
The Swedenborg Library Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss "Olive Again" by Elizabeth Strout. 

A follow-up to Olive Kittridge, Olive Again continues the story of Olive, as indomitable as ever, navigating her next decade. Surprisingly confident in her second marriage, in an evolving relationship with her son and his family, and crossing paths with a cast of memorable characters in the seaside town of Crosby, Maine. The irascible Olive improbably touches the lives of everyone around her. 

We will discuss this book, which is available on loan from the Swedenborg Library, on Wednesday, December 18.  Copies of the book are available on loan in the Library. For information on joining the group, contact the Swedenborg Library.

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 / 2-3:30 pm
Location: Swedenborg Library, 17th floor,  77 W. Washington St., Chicago.
Fee: Freewill donation toward refreshments.