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. 

Events & Programs

Programs at the Swedenborg Library are open to the public. Aside from the Common Ground programs, for which we collect a fee for Common Ground, we appreciate whatever free will offering you would like to make for your attendance. 
STUDY PROGRAMS
THE SWEDENBORG LIBRARY  offers study programs on the work of theologian Emanuel Swedenborg several times a year.  

Coming this autumn will be a discussion program on the Swedenborgian understanding of the Ten Commandments (see below), led by Rev. Robert McCluskey. Dates will be posted shortly. 
STARTING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017: 
10 Commandments: The Secrets of Spiritual Growth Found in God's Principles for Living

Swedish scientist and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) writes that the Ten Commandments are the most important part of the Bible. They encapsulate what we need to do to grow as spiritual people, with a meaning that penetrates far beyond the surface level of words and deeds.

One of the fundamentals of Swedenborg’s theology is the concept that underlying the literal text of the Bible is an inner spiritual meaning. Using this method of interpretation, Swedenborg peels back the layers of the Ten Commandments to reveal a cohesive set of teachings with both practical applications and far-reaching spiritual implications.

Although Swedenborg discusses the Ten Commandments in many places throughout his writings, he wrote four extended commentaries on the subject in four separate volumes: Secrets of Heaven (volume 7, published in 1754), True Christianity(1771), the short work Life (1763), and the posthumously published Revelation Explained (1758–1759). Those four commentaries are now being combined in a single volume for the first time, allowing the reader to compare and contrast Swedenborg’s approach across a seventeen-year span.

This book offers new insights for spiritual seekers and students of Swedenborg alike, illuminating what is at once a familiar set of biblical teachings and one of the cornerstones of Swedenborg’s system of personal growth.

scientist and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) writes that the Ten Commandments are the most important part of the Bible. They encapsulate what we need to do to grow as spiritual people, with a meaning that penetrates far beyond the surface level of words and deeds.

One of the fundamentals of Swedenborg’s theology is the concept that underlying the literal text of the Bible is an inner spiritual meaning. Using this method of interpretation, Swedenborg peels back the layers of the Ten Commandments to reveal a cohesive set of teachings with both practical applications and far-reaching spiritual implications.

Although Swedenborg discusses the Ten Commandments in many places throughout his writings, he wrote four extended commentaries on the subject in four separate volumes: Secrets of Heaven (volume 7, published in 1754), True Christianity(1771), the short work Life (1763), and the posthumously published Revelation Explained (1758–1759). Those four commentaries are now being combined in a single volume for the first time, allowing the reader to compare and contrast Swedenborg’s approach across a seventeen-year span.

This book offers new insights for spiritual seekers and students of Swedenborg alike, illuminating what is at once a familiar set of biblical teachings and one of the cornerstones of Swedenborg’s system of personal growth.

With Rev. Robert McCluskey of Wayfarer's Chapel, Palos Verdes, Calif. who will lead the discussion.

Join us for a deeper look into the 10 Commandments, in this 5-session discussion with Rev. Robert McCluskey. 

Swedish scientist and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) writes that the Ten Commandments are the most important part of the Bible. They encapsulate what we need to do to grow as spiritual people, with a meaning that penetrates far beyond the surface level of words and deeds.

One of the fundamentals of Swedenborg’s theology is the concept that underlying the literal text of the Bible is an inner spiritual meaning. Using this method of interpretation, Swedenborg peels back the layers of the Ten Commandments to reveal a cohesive set of teachings with both practical applications and far-reaching spiritual implications.

Dates: Thursdays: September 14 and 28; October 12 and 26; and November 9 (every two weeks.)

Time: 6-7:30 pm

Fee: $20 for the series, which includes a copy of the book, "Ten Commandments."

RSVP: info@SwedLib.org. 


Rev. Robert McCluskey is on the staff of the Wayfarer's Chapel in Palos Verdes, California, and served in the Swedenborgian church in New York City for ten years prior to moving to California. 
2017 COMMON GROUND LECTURES
The Swedenborg Library is the downtown Chicago satellite for COMMON GROUND. Originally conceived as a forum for ecumenical talks on religious topics, Common Ground's offerings have expanded to include a wide array of spiritual, cultural, economic, and history programs. Common Ground celebrated its 41st anniversary in 2016. For information on its programs held in suburban Deerfield, Illinois and other locations, visit: COMMON GROUND


The dates for upcoming Common Ground programs at the Swedenborg Library are listed below: 
Common Ground
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017  /  7-9 PM
Election 2016: One Year Later with Jim Kenney
Location: 2nd floor, James Parlor, 77 W. Washington St. (at Clark) in Chicago. 
Fee: $10 collected at the door, payable to Common Ground. 
Join us for refreshments prior to the program, at 6 pm. 


Jim Kenney is the executive director and one of the co-founders of Common Ground, a 40+ year NFP that encourages interfaith dialogue and education. Common Ground is located in Deerfield, Illinois. 
Common Ground
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017  / 7-9 PM
How Did God Get All Those Animals on the Ark? with Dr. Pauline Viviano

Location: Swedenborg Library, 17th floor, 77 W. Washington St. (at Clark) in Chicago. 
Fee: $10 collected at the door, payable to Common Ground. 
Join us for refreshments prior to the program, at 6 pm.


Dr. Pauline Viviano, Ph.D., Biblical Languages and Literature, recently retired as associate professor of theology at Loyola University. She recently completed a commentary on the Books of Jeremiah and Baruch for the Collegeville Commentary Series. 
Common Ground
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 /   7-9 PM
Adam and Eve and Us, with Jerry Leitner

Location: Swedenborg Library, 17th floor,  77 W. Washington St. (at Clark) in Chicago. 
Fee: $10 collected at the door, payable to Common Ground. 
Join us for refreshments prior to the program, at 6 pm.


Jerrol Leitner holds M.A.s in Theology and English. He is recently retired from forty years of teaching.