Urban Gardens, Community Engagement, Food & Faith @AnnaWoof @UrbanaU 3/27 + 28

Swedenborg Scholar in Residence and 2019 Award Recipient, Rev. Anna Woofenden (Founder of the Garden Church, Feed and Be Fed Far, and the co-host of the Food and Faith Podcast) will deliver two lectures at Urbana University in the coming weeks. Mark your calendar to attend:

Food and Faith: Conversations from the Soil and Around the Table” March 27, 2019, 7:00 pm, Urbana University Library; Quiet Wing

Urban Gardening and Community Engagement” March 28, 2019, 1:00 pm, Student Center; Moore Conference Room


Anna grew up in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. She has lived around the country and traveled throughout the world. Anna is now based in Gambier, Ohio, with her husband, David. She enjoys nature, gardening, art, children, writing, community, singing, laughter, and a good cup of chai. She is passionate about spirituality, justice, food, the earth, beauty, compassion, and community, and is still driven by a calling to re-imagine church.

For more information, contact Samantha Kapp-Williamson at samantha.kappwilliamson@urbana.edu


Church events in Urbana this weekend

The Ohio Association of Swedenborgian churches meets Friday 9/29 – Sunday 10/1/17, in Urbana, OH.


  • Evening; arrival at Urbana Inn and Suites.


  • 9 am: Chris Laitner presents: “Re-imagining Church” Workshop. Coffee and fruit snack will be provided. Urbana University, Moore Conference Room (lower level of the student center);
  • 12 pm: Lunch in the Urbana University dining room
  • 1 pm: Annual Business Meeting (Moore Conference Room, Student Center lower level.)
  • 2:30 pm (approx): Piatt Castles tour in West Liberty, OH (a 20 minute drive from Urbana. Duration 2 hrs).
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner at the Coppertop Restaurant, Miami Street, Urbana.


  • 10 am: Church Service at Urbana Swedenborgian Church.


#WednesdayWisdom Urbana Artists

AliceArcherSewallJames.jpgIn the late 1800’s, artist Alice Archer Sewall James or “Archie,” as she was known, was encouraged by her family, including her father, a Swedenborgian minister, to pursue art in all forms, be an educated woman and travel around Europe.  In her later years, she “reemerged as an artist and teacher,” taught sculptor John Cavanaugh in Urbana, OH, and also “inspir(ed) a new generation of painters at Urbana University.” ~http://www.swedenborg.com/product/stay-by-me-roses/

Urbana University Lecture Series: Haller

Screen shot 2017-03-15 at 6.56.54 PMThe annual Swedenborgian lecture series at Urbana University, is Monday, March 20, 2017 at the campus library. If you are interested in carpooling please email newchurchofmontgomery@gmail.com to find a ride-mate.


2017 “America’s Reform Tradition: Swedenborg, New-Church, and the Doctrine of Uses” Dr. John S. Haller, Jr. retired Professor of History and Medical Humanities. The public is invited to attend the lecture on Monday, March 20 at 7 pm, in the campus Swedenborg Memorial Library, Urbana University