March 4 through April 21. Catch up on any of the articles you've missed!
March 4, 2011
“Aliens” by Stephen Muires.
In this essay Stephen compares Swedenborg's written accounts of people on other planets with the descriptions of extra-terrestrial life given by Howard Storm after his near death experience in 1985. The two are in extraordinary sympathy with each other.
March 11, 2011
“If a Tree Falls, Pray.” by Jennica Nobre.
When faced with events beyond her control, Jennica evokes prayer. She exchanges panic, protectionism and dread for an open ended conversation with God. That's not a bad trade.
March 18, 2011
“Sharing and Spreading the New Church with Mutual Support” by Karin Childs.
Karin observes the New Church as a movement much larger than its organized chapters. In a magnanimous voice she explores how negative attitudes towards diversity that exist within the church limit its growth and diminish its success. She walks the reader through another way of responding to difference.
March 24, 2011
“Mixed Media | Revelation 21.4” by Ayisha Synnestvedt.
How does one portray God? Ayisha addresses this question in a recent work commissioned by the Kempton Society. She discloses the intentions and influences that take form in this image. (The electronic image doesn't do justice to the original, but you can see a large copy by opening the image in a picture viewer.)
March 25, 2011
“Mythbusting: Talking With Spirits. Part 1” by Todd Beiswenger.
In this three part series, Todd questions how members of a church based on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg could harbor as much fear about contact with spirits as the New Church seems to. He examines communicating with the other world from a fresh perspective. (Part 2 and part 3 will be published at the end of April).
April 1, 2011
“Why I Believe” by Jennica Nobre.
Jennica gives an honest account of her crisis of faith. She walks the reader through her experience of doubt, an experience that ultimately strengthened her beliefs. This article leads off our series on doubt, you can find the next one here.
April 8, 2011
“True Story” by Kristin Coffin.
Can anyone be certain that what they believe is empirically true? Is a belief simply a narrative, a fabrication, to contextualize innumerable experiences? Kristin pursues these questions. She hopes that this article be received in the spirit it is shared: as supportive of those pursuing religious faith, but not inviting a heated debate. This is the second essay in our series on doubt. Look for the previous essay [here] and for the following essay [here].
April 13, 2011
“I Doubt It” by Owen Schnarr.
As a bonus entry in our series on doubt, Owen offers an almost poetic exploration of tensions and conflict inherent in doubt. Previously in an essay called "The Atheist Perspective", Owen shared thoughts on the tough questions a theistic thinker must consider about disbelief and atheism.
April 15, 2011
“Help My Unbelief” by Abigail Smith.
Abby examines the role of belief in her life, especially as it relates to life after death. She suggests that in bringing her focus away from a literal interpretation of the Word, and by applying the Word to her inner life, she is better able to connect with a belief in an omnipotent God. This is the third essay in our series on doubt, the opening essay is available here.
April 21, 2011
“Mixed Media | Hollow Me” by Stephanie King.
Our mixed media features this month includes two contributions by Stephanie King. (Stephanie Eden, as a musician). Both her song lyrics for Hollow Me and the recording of I Have Never Left You from her recent album All That I Am tie in with our themed series on doubt. We are grateful for permission to share a track from her album and warmly recommend taking a closer listen.