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. 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 / 2-3:30 PM
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

Join us for a discussion of this New York Times bestseller, The Untethered Soul, a Noetic Books publication. What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? We'll discuss the suggestions The Untethered Soul presents. 
   Put into action, the book can transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization. 
    Copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself fro the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being. 

Location: Swedenborg Library, 17th floor, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago
Time: 2-3:30 pm.
Fee:   None. Copies of the book are available on loan from the Swedenborg Library. To request a copy, email info@SwedLib.org or stop by the Library on Wednesday or Friday afternoons from 1-5 pm. 
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 42st anniversary in 2017. For information on its programs held in suburban Deerfield, Illinois and other locations, visit: COMMON GROUND

Upcoming Common Ground programs at the Swedenborg Library for Winter 2018:
Wednesday, February 28, 2018: 7-9 pm
Jesus and Buddha–A Comparative Study with Jerrol Leitner
Jesus and Buddha are among the most influential persons in history. They are honored for the examples of their lives, their insights into the human condition, their teachings on ultimate reality, and the religious movements they inspired. This presentation investigates their messages and missions, their struggles and achievements, and their lasting impact on the world. Note date change to Wednesday, February 28.

Location: Dixon Chapel, 2nd floor, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 28, 7-9 pm
Fee: $10 payable to Common Ground. 

Jerrol Leitner is retired from forty years of teaching in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He holds MAs in English literature and Theology. 
Thursday, April 5, 2018: 7-9 pm
Prairie Power – Innovation in Illinois Over the Past 200 Years with John Wasik
This lecture will show how Illinois seeded (and continues to contribute to) major innovation–from efficient agriculture to tech start-ups–ideas that changed the world. As a recently named Illinois Humanities Council "Road Scholar," John will be offering this important talk across the state to celebrate the Prairie State's bicentennial. 

Location: Swedenborg Library, 17th floor, 77 W. Washington St. (at Clark), Chicago.
Date/Time: Thursday, April 5, 2018 / 7-9 pm
Fee: Sponsored by the Swedenborg Library for Illinois's bicentennial. Join us to celebrate!

John Wasik is the author of 13 books, including his latest, "Lightning Strikes: Nikola Tesla, Creativity and the Soul of Innovation." He is also the author of the "Bamboozlement" blog for Forbes; the blog warns readers of financial scams, and has published many books and articles on economic topics. 
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018    10 am - 3 pm
Therapeutic Touch: A Healing Practice of the Heart & Hands: an introduction to the foundations of Therapeutic Touch, with Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, Lisa Leamy, and Janet Wehr.
Therapeutic Touch is a gentle, healing practice using the hands and heart to bring a sense of balance, peacefulness, and well-being to those who are ill, dying, or those with simple everyday stressors. Additionally, it is holistic, evidence-based healing therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy. Individuals receiving therapeutic touch say it decreases pain, anxiety, and helps them sleep better. A benefit of the nature of this practice is that it can enrich and deepen the spiritual life of the practitioner.

This workshop gives a basic understanding of a beginning Therapeutic Touch practice and allows one to use Therapeutic Touch with their families and friends, and is a pathway to deepen one's spiritual journey.

LOCATION: Swedenborg Library, 77 W. Washington St., 17th floor, Chicago.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 14; 10 am - 3 pm. Lunch will be provided. 
FEE: $45
RSVP: Use the "Contact Us" page button in the column at left to register. Space is limited. 

For those who seek the credential of Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner, a 14-hour intermediate level course entitled "The Transpersonal Nature of Therapeutic Touch," along with opportunities for mentorship, will be offered in the future.