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. 

The Library's book group will discuss "Lightning Strikes" on Wednesday, February 27 from 2-3:30 pm. Copies are available on loan from the Swedenborg Library. 

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. 
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: 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019 / 7-9 PM
A cartoon shows Jesus ascending into Heaven with only his feet still below the clouds. His disciples cry out, “Don’t go yet, Lord–you didn’t fix the details!” Without those details, the early community struggles to find its identify and its message. Who is this Jesus who surprisingly rose from the dead? How should we organize our community? What scriptures should we accept? The answers vary dramatically, and the first centuries of the church present a fascinating account of a believing community believing different things.  
LOCATION: 2nd floor, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago
TIME: 7-9 pm. Join us for refreshments at 6 pm.
FEE:  $10 payable to Common Ground. 
THURSDAY,, MARCH 7, 2019 / 7-9 PM
SHAHNAMEH with Ahmad Sadri
The Epic of the Persian Kings was written 1,008 years ago. It remains the longest poem ever written by a single author, with four magnificent love stories and many world class tragedies. Come and hear the tale of this magnificent poem and the story of its most successful translation into English, told by the translator, Ahmad Sadri. 
LOCATION: 2nd floor, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago
TIME: 7-9 pm. Join us for refreshments at 6 pm.
FEE: $10 payable to Common Ground. 
BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION: The Shift by Wayne Dyer
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / 2-3:30 pm
Join our book group discussion of the late Wayne Dyer's book, "The Shift" in March 2019. In this work, Dyer encourages readers to move toward a life of meaning and purpose. Copies of the book are available on loan from the Swedenborg Library.  

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / 2-3:30 pm
Location: Swedenborg Library, 17th floor,  77 W. Washington St., Chicago.
Fee: Free-will donation toward refreshments.  

For more background, visit Dr. Dyer's website page, click here: 

What is The Shift?
The first shift that we all make takes us from nonbeing to being; from Spirit to form; from the invisible to our corporeal world of things.
The next shift is the phase I call Ambition where we take on an ego self that is the opposite of the place of Spirit from which we came. Ego in this context is our false self.
These first two shifts are mandatory in the human journey.
Unfortunately, for many people, Ambition is often the end of their life story, but there are two more shifts open to us!
We can all choose to make the leap past the second shift of ego-driven ambition. We arrive at the third shift when we realize that we have an option to make a U-turn away from the false self. We can do an about-face and head back to the place of Spirit in a third shift.
And then, in the fourth shift, we achieve a life of Meaning and purpose by rededicating our Ambition to the fulfillment of our authentic self. We discover that the laws of the material world do not necessarily apply in the presence of the Meaning that is encouraged by our shift to Source. Manifestations of miracles begin to populate the landscape of life.
Meaning is now what defines all the moments of our existence. We can fulfill our greatest calling when we consciously undertake the journey from Ambition to Meaning. We can transform our individual lives and influence the destiny of our sacred pl
BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION: Viktor Frankl's The Will to Meaning
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / 2-3:30 pm
Join us for a discussion of this classic book by psychologist and holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl. Copies are available on loan in the Swedenborg Library.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2017 / 2-3:30 pm
Where: Swedenborg Library, 17th floor, 77 W. Washington St. in downtown Chicago (at Clark St.)
Fee: None. Free-will offering for refreshments.

"I regard this book as one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last 50 years." - Dr. Carl Rogers