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Tiffany's Swedenborgian Angels: Stained Glass Windows Representing the Seven Churches from the Book of Revelation

Tiffany's Swedenborgian Angels guides the reader not only through the history of the windows, but the spiritual meaning of each one.


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The Hidden Levels of the Mind: Swedenborg's Theory of Consciousness

At the core of Swedenborg’s thought is the understanding that our purpose in this life is to progress spiritually—to learn, to grow, to do good works, and, ultimately, to allow as much of God’s love as possible to enter into us and manifest through us.


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Stay by Me, Roses: The Life of American Artist Alice Archer Sewall James, 1870-1955

This biographical study on internationally known artist Alice Archer Sewall James opens a window on the life and time of a unique nineteenth/twentieth-century woman.


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Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Swedenborgian Church. We're glad you stopped by! The Swedenborgian Church is an open-minded, forward looking Christian church drawing its faith from the Bible as illuminated by the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). If you have serious questions about traditional Christian theology, yet wish to explore the deeper aspects of the Bible and the Christian faith, we may be what you are looking for. We worship a God of unconditional love, whose warmth and light can deepen your inner life and give direction to your spiritual journey.

We invite you to explore our growing website to learn more about our church and its ministries. And may God bless you on your spiritual journey!

Curious Seeker

Key elements of Swedenborgian belief include:

  • God is infinitely loving and at the center of every life.
  • Truth is love in action. Actions performed out of love are genuine expressions in a physical form of what love means.
  • There is one God whose essence is Divine Love and Wisdom. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all aspects of God just as body, mind, and soul are all aspects of one person.
  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God that provides inspiration and help to lead better and more fulfilling lives. The literal sense of Scripture tells the story of the people of God, and contains a deeper meaning that illumines the journey of the human soul.
  • People are essentially spirits clothed with material bodies. At death, the material body is laid aside and the person continues to live on in the world of spirit choosing a heavenly life or a hellish one, based on the quality of life choices made here.
  • God gives everyone the freedom to choose their beliefs and live their lives accordingly. Salvation is available for people of all religions.
  • The Second Coming has taken place—and in fact still is taking place. It is not an actual physical appearance of the Lord, but rather his return in spirit and truth that is being effected as a present reality.
  • God is infinitely loving and at the center of every life.
Active Seeker

Eternity is Now

Welcome! We are here to assist you in filling your life with heaven. God is a real transforming force at work in your life and in the world. We honor many different approaches to God and we encourage this diversity.

We are an inclusive Christian denomination known as the Swedenborgian Church and member of the National Council of Churches. Our denomination was instrumental in organizing the first Congress of World Religions, held in Chicago in 1893, and one of the first churches in the western world teaching that salvation is an inner experience rather than acceptance of a particular doctrine.

Who is God? Swedenborg wrote "God never hurts or punishes, for this is as far away from the nature of God as heaven is from hell." For Swedenborgians, God is the Creator, the source of every positive human quality and the very energy which is slowly leading humanity towards the creation of heaven on earth. The essence of God is perfect love and wisdom which draws all people to heaven.

Who is Jesus?  Jesus was a real person who lived and taught a path we can follow to become whole. In this person, God entered completely into the human experience as the ultimate expression of love and compassion. He knew birth, growth, pain, testing, and fulfillment. In Christ we are given a comprehensible and knowable God.

The Second Coming is an active process that is happening within us and the world. As we increase compassion, integrity, understanding, and healing in our lives, we are helping God create a "new Heaven and a new Earth."

Live Your Love

Heaven and hell are not rewards or punishments distributed on judgment day but the present inner experience we freely choose. We may choose to enjoy peace and openness, or to close ourselves in fear. Life is an opportunity for learning and spiritual growth.

As we choose between giving and taking, loving and hating, right and wrong, we participate in the creation of our own spiritual character. This spiritual self, or soul, is who we really are, and this is what lives forever.

The Bible is a very complex compilation of books that are far too rich to be limited to literal interpretation. The Bible is a map of our journey from the Garden of Eden to the Holy City. It is our story!

Deep Seeker

Eternity is Now

Welcome! We are here to assist you in filling your life with heaven. God is a real transforming force at work in your life and in the world. We honor many different approaches to God and we encourage this diversity.

We are an inclusive Christian denomination known as the Swedenborgian Church and member of the National Council of Churches. Our denomination was instrumental in organizing the first Congress of World Religions, held in Chicago in 1893, and one of the first churches in the western world teaching that salvation is an inner experience rather than acceptance of a particular doctrine.

Live Your Love

Who is God? Swedenborg wrote "God never hurts or punishes, for this is as far away from the nature of God as Heaven is from hell." For Swedenborgians, God is the Creator, the source of every positive human quality and the very energy which is slowly leading humanity towards the creation of heaven on earth. The essence of God is perfect love and wisdom which draws all people to heaven so that they would enjoy the fulfillment for which we were created.

Who is Jesus? Jesus was a real person who lived and taught a path we can follow to become whole. In this person, God entered completely into the human experience as the ultimate expression of love and compassion. He knew birth, growth, pain, testing, and fulfillment. In Christ we are given a comprehensible and knowable God. The Second Coming is an active process that is happening within us and the world. As we increase compassion, integrity, understanding, and healing in our lives, we are helping God create a "new Heaven and a new Earth."

Co-Creating Heaven Here On Earth

Heaven and hell are not rewards or punishments distributed on judgment day but the present inner experience we freely choose. We may choose to enjoy peace and openness, or to close ourselves in fear. We can discover the highest joy of a loving life by giving to others, or the loneliness of self-centeredness. Life is an opportunity for learning and spiritual growth. When we "die" we continue to live, creating the Heaven or hell of our choice in the next life. There is no devil tempting us, but there are angels who are always with us, leading us toward the light of heaven.

As we choose between giving and taking, loving and hating, right and wrong, we participate in the creation of our own spiritual character. This spiritual self, or soul, is who we really are, and this is what lives forever.

The Bible is a very complex compilation of books that are far too rich to be limited to literal interpretation. The creation story is not an historical account but a description of our own stages of spiritual growth. The generations of Abraham speak of our growing complexity. The escape from slavery in Egypt, the wandering in the wilderness, and the claiming of the Promised Land recount our own spiritual journey as we truly become ourselves. The descending of the New Jerusalem described in Revelation is the completion of the spiritual evolution of the human race. The Bible is a map of our journey from the Garden of Eden to the Holy City. It is our story!