In the News

Explore how current events connect to Emanuel Swedenborg, heaven and hell, and spiritual growth!


Storm Season

In this strange summer season, the U.S. is seeing extreme cycles of heat and cold and widespread, violent storms and tornadoes. Just as the weather can be unpredictable and destructive, so can the storms in our lives feel devastating. But even these can serve a purpose, Swedenborg tells us. Read more

Tragedy in New Zealand

Shootings at two separate mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand left at least forty-nine people dead as shock and mourning spread across the world. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones. As we contemplate the consequences of this hate crime, we’re reminded of Swedenborg’s teaching that holding hate in ourselves […] Read more

The White House is Infested with Flies

No, it’s not a political commentary. As this article on the Popular Science website reports, the iconic building has been battling these flying insects for decades. While the White House maintenance staff orders more bug zappers, we contemplate what Swedenborg would say about the spiritual significance of flies. Read more

The Lunar New Year

It’s the lunar new year for a number of Asian cultures, and across the world people are celebrating the arrival of the year of the pig (or, in some places, the year of the boar).

What significance do pigs (or boars) have astrologically, and how does that stack up to the correspondences that Swedenborg described? Read more

The Scout from Outer Space

The chair of Harvard’s astronomy department makes the controversial speculation that an object from outside our solar system could be evidence of extraterrestrial life.  

Is there life on other planets? It’s a fascinating question . . . one that Swedenborg also weighed in on during his lifetime. Read more

Bird Box

In the movie Bird Box, the world has become filled with monsters that kill anyone who looks at them. In order to survive, people must blindfold themselves every time they go outside.

What are the spiritual lessons behind what we choose to see and what we don’t? Swedenborg tells us that seeing can quite literally be believing. Read more

Good Government

Government shutdown. The border wall. New party leadership in Congress. Questions of national leadership and the public good are dominating the news right now, and divisions are deep.

Emanuel Swedenborg offers some thoughts on what makes a good leader:

“[Good leaders] do not control and command but minister and serve, for doing good for others out of a love for what is good is serving, and making sure that it happens is ministering.” (Heaven and Hell §218) Read more

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