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

BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION: Michelle Obama's "Becoming"
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 2-3:30 pm
Join us for a discussion of Michelle Obama's autobiography covering her early years growing up and working in Chicago. Copies of the book are available on loan from the Swedenborg Library. 

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 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.


FILM: NOTHING IS TRUER THAN TRUTH
Thursday, May 2 / 7–9 PM

Since the 1920s, Edward de Vere has been proposed as the true author of the plays we attribute to William Shakespeare. 


The film Nothing is Truer than Truth introduces de Vere, the Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, an A-list party boy on the continental circuit, who traveled to Venice and throughout Italy in 1575-76, discovered commedia dell'arte, and collected the experiences and characters that are embodied in the works of Shakespeare. 

 

Filmed in Venice, Verona, Mantua, Padua, and Brenta, Italy, at sites visited by De Vere and the settings for The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and Two Gentlemen of Verona, the film features award-winning actors and directors Sir Derek Jacobi, Mark Rylance, Diane Paulus, and Tina Packer. The film is directed by Cheryl Eagan-Donovan.


Location: 77 W. Washington St. Chicago - 2nd floor, Dixon Chapel

Time: 7-9 PM Thursday, May 2, 2019

Fee: $5. RSVP to Info@SwedLib.org to reserve your seat. Limited to the first 50 attendees.


Controversy Films presents media projects that challenge conventional wisdom. The company’s films ask difficult questions and incite dialogue and action.

BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION: "Becoming Wise" by Krista Tippett
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 2-3:30 pm
In Becoming Wise, Krista Tippett has created a master class in living for a fractured world. Fracture, she says, is not the whole story of our time. The enduring question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the challenge of who we are to one another. She insists on the possibility of personal depth and common life for this century, nurtured by science and “spiritual technologies,” with civility and love as muscular public practice. And, accompanied by a cross-disciplinary dream team of a teaching faculty, she shows us how.

“If you measure the worth of a book by the volume of scribbles you pen in the margins, the stars emphatically drawn, and the sentences underlined, Krista Tippett’s Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living— a compendium of wisdom, at once intimate and expansive—stands a serious shot of emerging both splattered and cherished. Tippett, the Peabody Award-winning radio host and National Humanities Medalist, is a master of what she terms ‘generous listening,’ an act ‘powered by curiosity,’ and a ‘willingness to be surprised, to let go of assumptions and take in ambiguity.’”  —Chicago Tribune

“A thoughtful chronicle of spiritual discovery. A hopeful consideration of the human potential for enlightenment.”—Kirkus Reviews 

In Becoming Wise, Krista Tippett has created a master class in living for a fractured world. Fracture, she says, is not the whole story of our time. The enduring question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the challenge of who we are to one another. She insists on the possibility of personal depth and common life for this century, nurtured by science and “spiritual technologies,” with civility and love as muscular public practice. And, accompanied by a cross-disciplinary dream team of a teaching faculty, she shows us how. Copies are available on loan from the Swedenborg Library.


When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019  / 2-3:30 PM

Where: Swedenborg Library, 17th floor, 

77 W Washington St., Chicago.

Fee: None. Freewill offering accepted.


“If you measure the worth of a book by the volume of scribbles you pen in the margins, the stars emphatically drawn, and the sentences underlined, Krista Tippett’s Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living— a compendium of wisdom, at once intimate and expansive—stands a serious shot of emerging both splattered and cherished. Tippett, the Peabody Award-winning radio host and National Humanities Medalist, is a master of what she terms ‘generous listening,’ an act ‘powered by curiosity,’ and a ‘willingness to be surprised, to let go of assumptions and take in ambiguity.’”—Chicago Tribune

 

“A thoughtful chronicle of spiritual discovery. A hopeful consideration of the human potential for enlightenment.”

Kirkus Reviews 


SAVE THE DATE: 
SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019 / 10:30 AM – Noon: 
Rev. Matthew Fox on "The Lotus & The Rose: Meister Eckhart, Tibetan Buddhism and Other Mystical Connections Between East & West Today."
Author Matthew Fox is a distinguished theologian, scholar, and activist who was silenced by the Catholic Church for his progressive and inclusive beliefs. Co-author Lama Tsomo is an American-born secular Jew who once embraced Tibetan Buddhism as a student, and now is embraced as a teacher.
   Buddhists, Christians, followers of other spiritual traditions, and even those with no formal spiritual tradition at all will be intrigued by the range of ideas, and impressed and enlightened by the knowledge and experience that Matthew and Lama Tsomo brought to their exchanges in this volume. 
   Join Matthew Fox on Saturday, June 29 for an exploration of the mystical connections between Eastern and Western traditions, followed by Q&A. 
   The location for this program will be announced shortly.