Our Beliefs

The Swedenborgian Denomination

The Swedenborgian Church bases its teachings on the Bible as illuminated by the work of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), a Swedish scientist and theologian. Swedenborg envisioned a new Christianity coming into being, revitalized by the Spirit of the Lord and present in people everywhere who live with charity and faith in everyday life.

We are a Christian church with a universal view – we believe there is one God, known to us by many names. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, present to everyone. To us, the Christian Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are aspects of God, just as soul, body, and activities are aspects of each one of us.

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. In its pages we find two parallel stories: the historical account of people, places, and events; and within that account a deeper, spiritual reflection of our individual journeys. Thus, the Bible is alive and fresh today, speaking to us directly and personally about our spiritual growth, and showing us the way to live better and more fulfilling lives.

We believe people are spirits clothed with material bodies. At death our material body is put aside and we continue living in the spiritual world in our inner, spiritual body, according to the kind of life we have chosen while here on earth.

We believe that religion touches all areas of our lives. Our responsibility is to put what we believe into practice in our daily lives. All who do this, of whatever faith, are saved since they are living in the spirit of Christ’s name.

The Swedenborgian Church exists to help people be open to the Lord’s presence and leading, and to facilitate spiritual well-being. We invite you to participate with others who are seeking to deepen their inner life and spiritual journey.