#DoorsofPerception #WednesdayWisdom @ChapelWayfarers


Wayfarers Chapel, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Courtesy of http://www.wayfarerschapel.org

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ~Helen Keller

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#Tunesday Umoja Men’s Choir

This is a local choir of correctional inmates, which is under the direction of Dr. Catherine Roma. In 2012, they won gold at the World Choir Games’ when it came to Cincinnati.

You can purchase their CD here.

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Fruit=Goodness! #SpiritualCincy

Our small garden is bearing fruit! We can happily report some new tomatoes on our Peacevine cherry tomato plants and the first two strawberries harvested, from plants kindly donated by our host-church.  We will share with you our successes (and failures) as we experience them in the garden.  In Swedenborgian correspondence, fruit equates to the good we do.  So it seems apropos that the message Rev. Dick Tafel shared yesterday had to do with how we put our faith into practice.  

twitter.jpgWhat goodness are we creating on the earth? How are we working with and communicating with others in our community, our city, our world? In the bible, Jesus tells us, “I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” (John 15:16).

Let us bear fruit on the earth in all our gardens.

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#Swedenborg on Saturday

villageEmanuel Swedenborg, originally born Emanuel Swedberg, before his family was ennobled, by the Queen of Sweden, was an 18th century Swedish scientist, philosopher and mystic. He wrote an extensive collection of divinely inspired theological works.

Cincinnati is home to two churches of different denominations (The New Church of Montgomery and the Glendale New Church) dedicated to studying his writings and the living of useful, meaningful lives.


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Prepare to be tickled, ivories! #SundayMusic

We are very happy Linda Tafel has agreed to provide piano accompaniment for our service on Sunday. If you miss live music at church, come visit us this Sunday and raise your voice in song!  11:00 AM, 845 Congress Avenue, Glendale, OH 45246


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Blast from the Past:) #WeekendGuest Rev. Dick Tafel this Sunday!

Our weekend guest, Reverend Richard H. Tafel, Jr. (or Dick, to those who know him) comes from a long line of Swedenborgian ministers. Before his tenure as our minister from 1962-1989, he traveled the seas as a merchant marine. Rev. Tafel began his Swedenborgian ministries when there was still a church on Oak and Winslow (its demolition made way for the construction of Interstate 71). During his time here, there was a great focus on personal spiritual growth. This found resonance in our community and emphasized getting to know oneself and supporting one another. A lot of this philosophy remains with our church today.

Tafel was also involved in fundraising and beginning programs for youth by way of camps, and safe Friday night activities for teens. A popular wedding ministry also thrived, which at its height, blessed the unions of 100 couples a year; both straight and same-sex, with numerous wedding receptions.

Rev. Dick Tafel served as President of the denomination beginning in 1989. During that time, he and his wife Linda, brought their enthusiasm and stewardship to Ft. Myers Beach, FL, where they formed the New Church of Southwest Florida. In Florida, he instituted a grant-funded, after-school program for latch-key kids and got a chance to do some sailing. Today, he remains a faithful retired visiting minister of our church, and it’s a joy to welcome him back.

10:30 Hospitality, 11:00 AM Service


845 Congress Ave, Glendale, OH.

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Church #Pride in July @JennTafel @GLSENcincinnati @glaad

hollyhocksPastor Jenn Tafel will be joining us in July to offer our service. Mark your calendars for July 16th! 10:30 AM Hospitality, 11 AM Service. 845 Congress Avenue, in Glendale, OH.

Rev. Tafel, received the Intersection Award from Michigan State University for “outstanding contributions to improving the experience of students with multiple and intersecting identities across dimensions of race, gender, and sexuality”.

Every year, at the Lavender Reception and Mosaic Awards Gala at Michigan State University (MSU), the MSU LBGT Resource Center selects a recipient for its Intersection Award. The Intersection Award acknowledges outstanding contributions to improving the experience of students with multiple and intersecting identities across dimensions of race, gender, and sexuality. This year’s recipient is Rev Jenn Tafel. She serves as the advisor for QCROSS: Queer Christians Reclaiming our Sexuality and Spirituality. Jenn has been a tireless and thankless advocate for those who are marginalized across race, gender, sexuality, and faith. She is the longest serving advisor to an LGBT Rev. Jenn Tafel Receives Award student organization at Michigan State University. She not only shows up for events that focus on queer and trans communities but has been visible and attentive to events focused on healing and combating oppression in it’s multiple forms. This year, Jenn has worked with Q-CROSS to focus more on the intersections of identity and the overlapping, compounding oppressions faced by the most vulnerable on our campus. For all of these reasons and her unwavering commitment to QCROSS, our campus, and our greater community, we are proud to present the Intersections Award to Rev. Jenn Tafel.

~from the May issue of “The Messenger,” by Bailey Krestakos, LBGT Resource Center Staffer

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