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. 

Events & Programs

Programs at the Swedenborg Library are open to the public. Aside from the Common Ground programs, for which we collect a fee for Common Ground, we appreciate whatever free will offering you would like to make for your attendance. 
Upcoming COMMON GROUND LECTURES
The Swedenborg Library is the downtown Chicago satellite for COMMON GROUND. Originally conceived as a forum for ecumenical talks on religious topics, Common Ground's offerings have expanded to include a wide array of spiritual, cultural, economic, and history programs. Common Ground celebrates its 43rd anniversary in 2018. For information on its programs held in suburban Deerfield, Illinois and other locations, visit: COMMON GROUND

 Common Ground programs at the Swedenborg Library for Spring 2018 have concluded. We will post Autumn 2018 programs here when they are known. 
Book Discussion: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 2 PM
"Man's Search for Meaning" by Victor Frankl
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. 
   Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. 
   Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

You'll find copies of this book readily available at most libraries, or borrow a copy from the Swedenborg Library.

Book group discussion:
DATE: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
TIME: 2-3:30 PM
LOCATION: Swedenborg Library, 77 W Washington (at Clark)
                    Chicago, IL 
Coming this autumn

THERAPEUTIC TOUCH WORKSHOP
Janel Wehr, Marilyn Svoboda-Johnston, and Lisa Leamy will teach the "Introduction to Therapeutic Touch" workshop hosted by the Swedenborg Library on a Saturday this coming autumn 2018.
ABOUT THE "INTRO TO THERAPEUTIC TOUCH WORKSHOP"
Coming Autumn 2018:
 
Therapeutic Touch: A Healing Practice of the Heart & Hands: an introduction to the foundations of Therapeutic Touch, with Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, RN, EdD; Lisa Leamy, RN, BSN;  and Janet Wehr, RN. 
 
Therapeutic Touch is a gentle, healing practice using the hands and heart to bring a sense of balance, peacefulness, and well-being to those who are ill, dying, or those with simple everyday stressors. It is an holistic, evidence-based healing therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy. Individuals receiving therapeutic touch say it decreases pain, anxiety, and helps them sleep better. A benefit of the nature of this practice is that it can enrich and deepen the spiritual life of the practitioner.

This workshop gives a basic understanding of a beginning Therapeutic Touch practice and allows one to use Therapeutic Touch with their families and friends, and is a pathway to deepen one's spiritual journey.

LOCATION: 77 W. Washington St., 3rd floor Conference Room, Chicago.
DATE/TIME: To be announced.  

Dr Marilyn, RN, EdD, QTTP, QTTT teaches both the Foundations and Transpersonal (Intermediate Therapeutic Touch classes;  gives short introductory presentations, works personally with individuals, and mentors students learning to practice TT.

She was taught originally by Dora Kunz; has practiced and taught TT for more than 30 years; is credentialed by the official organization to practice and teach. She is a retired professor of nursing. 

 

Lisa Leamy RN, BSN, QTTP is currently practicing Therapeutic Touch at Marianjoy Rehab through the Spiritual Care Department. She is at Marianjoy 2 days a week, and patients can sign up for TT with Dr Patty Roberts. Lisa has been practicing TT for over 10 years.  Lisa is also teaching with Dr Marilyn in order to obtain her QTTT, her teaching credential. She is an active presenter and counselor for NAMI.

 

Janet Wehr, RN, QTTP, is a registered nurse and a Qualified Therapeutic Touch practitioner who has devoted 20 years of her nursing career to caring for the dying in hospice. She is the author of Peaceful Passages: A Hospice Nurse's Stories of Dying Well ( (Quest Books)  published in 2015. She has been practicing Therapeutic Touch for fifteen years.

 



Dr Marilyn, RN, EdD, QTTP, QTTT teaches both the Foundations and Transpersonal (Intermediate Therapeutic Touch classes;  gives short introductory presentations, works personally with individuals, and mentors students learning to practice TT.

She was taught originally by Dora Kunz; has practiced and taught TT for more than 30 years; is credentialed by the official organization to practice and teach. She is a retired professor of nursing. She can be reached at 9imagin@gmail.com

 

Lisa Leamy RN, BSN, QTTP is currently practicing Therapeutic Touch at Marianjoy Rehab through the Spiritual Care Department. She is at Marianjoy 2 days a week, and patients can sign up for TT with Dr Patty Roberts. Lisa has been practicing TT for over 10 years.  Lisa is also teaching with Dr Marilyn in order to obtain her QTTT, her teaching credential. She is an active presenter and counselor for NAMI.

 

Janet Wehr, RN, QTTP, is a registered nurse and a Qualified Therapeutic Touch practitioner who has devoted 20 years of her nursing career to caring for the dying in hospice. She is the author of Peaceful Passages: A Hospice Nurse's Stories of Dying Well ( (Quest Books)  published in 2015. She has been practicing Therapeutic Touch for fifteen years.

 

Dr Marilyn, RN, EdD, QTTP, QTTT teaches both the Foundations and Transpersonal (Intermediate Therapeutic Touch classes;  gives short introductory presentations, works personally with individuals, and mentors students learning to practice TT.
She was taught originally by Dora Kunz; has practiced and taught TT for more than 30 years; is credentialed by the official organization to practice and teach. She is a retired professor of nursing. She can be reached at 9imagin@gmail.com

Lisa Leamy RN, BSN, QTTP is currently practicing Therapeutic Touch at Marianjoy Rehab through the Spiritual Care Department. She is at Marianjoy 2 days a week, and patients can sign up for TT with Dr Patty Roberts. Lisa has been practicing TT for over 10 years.  Lisa is also teaching with Dr Marilyn in order to obtain her QTTT, her teaching credential. She is an active presenter and counselor for NAMI.

Janet Wehr, RN, QTTP, is a registered nurse and a Qualified Therapeutic Touch practitioner who has devoted 20 years of her nursing career to caring for the dying in hospice. She is the author of Peaceful Passages: A Hospice Nurse's Stories of Dying Well ( (Quest Books)  published in 2015. She has been practicing Therapeutic Touch for fifteen years.

 

For those who seek the credential of Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner, a 14-hour intermediate level course entitled "The Transpersonal Nature of Therapeutic Touch," along with opportunities for mentorship, will be offered in the future.