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 45th anniversary in 2018. For information on its programs held in suburban Deerfield, Illinois and other locations, visit: COMMON GROUND

 Common Ground programs which will be held at the Swedenborg Library are shown below: 
COMMON GROUND
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018
SCIENCE & RELIGION: THE LONG ENTANGLEMENT with Jim Kenney
The dance of science and religion has been long and often tortured. This program will take us first to the early Medieval period, and then to the later. We'll witness the Scientific Revolution and the virulent religious response. But then we'll lmove into the modern period and come to understand the changing relationship of religion and science--sometimes antagonists, often allies. 

WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2018 / 7-9 pm
WHERE: TBD
FEE: $10 payable to Common Ground

Jim Kenney is the director of Common Ground, a 45-year old organization that is located in Deerfield, IL. Common Ground hosts programs on a variety of religious and contemporary topics. For more information, visit CG.org. 
COMMON GROUND
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018
WHAT AMERICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT ISLAM with Ahmad Sadri

Most Americans and Europeans have a limited and often distorted understanding of Islam, which often leads to fear and prejudice. To help bridge that gap, we will begin with the historical roots of the caricatured perception and follow up with developments in the modern world. We will then explore the tenuous relationship of this image with reality and its dangers for American foreign policy.

WHEN: Thursday, November 1, 2018 / 7-9 pm
WHERE: TBD
FEE: $10 payable to Common Ground. 

Ahmad Sadri is professor of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College and the author of several books, in Persian and in English, including "Max Weber's Sociology of Intellectuals" and his recent translation of the "Shanameh" (the Persian Book of the Kings.)
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.