Category Archives: Readings

#ThursdayTheology: Zoroastrianism, part 1

Back in 1893, the Swedenborgian Judge Charles Bonney initiated the first World’s Parliament of Religions, the largest of all the congresses held in conjunction with what we think of today as a world’s fair. Swedenborgians are still recognized today as … Continue reading

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Presentation/Sermon Notes from 2/7/21: “All God’s Critters”

New Church of Montgomery, Presented via zoom and Google Slides Feb 7, 2021“All God’s Critters”11:00 am, Lay-led Service, by Maggie Panyko Prelude: Opening Prayer:Oh Dearest Lord, may the food we eat nourish us and treat the earth kindly. May its … Continue reading

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9/29 Sermon: “Listen to the World! – Revelation 1.0”

SERMON, by Pete Toot INTRODUCTION…   Today we will be exploring the realm of creation we are most familiar with – the natural universe – the universe we see around us, that we live in day to day, that is … Continue reading

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#ThursdayThoughts: Faith, Doubt & Fear

Readings to think about for Sunday: There are those who are in doubt before they deny, and there are those who are in doubt before they affirm. Those in doubt before they deny are those who incline to a life … Continue reading

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Finding things in Common #FridayFeeling #ReligiousPlurality

from Zen meant giving up the love and sense of a separate self and living passionately in the moment so as to leave one open to the influx of wisdom and enlightenment. Zen included the notion of work or … Continue reading

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#PalmSunday #Devotional @Swedcomm

from Often, our first sense of God is a glimpse of something beautiful and peaceful calling to us. To respond to the call feels joyous and liberating. At the beginning, there is excitement about beginning a new journey. There … Continue reading

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#MindfulMonday Sunday’s Inspiration

Yesterday, we gathered virtually (over Skype with one of our members) and bodily at our worship space, the Glendale New Church.  We brought in things that gave us hope during our childhoods and adulthoods and that continue to give us … Continue reading

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What is it to be spiritual?

“No one can be regenerated unless he knows the things that compose the new life, that is, spiritual life; for it is that life to which regeneration leads a person. The things that compose the new or spiritual life are the … Continue reading

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Loving Our Neighbor

Unselfish acts are the real miracles out of which all the reported miracles grow. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson From Heaven and Hell, Emanuel Swedenborg (trans. Dole), n. 15): 15. There are two quite distinguishable loves in heaven—love for the Lord and love for … Continue reading

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God’s Peace in a Troubled World

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” ~~ Psalm 91, 1-16 … Continue reading

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