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Resources and connections for women's spirituality in the Swedenborgian movement

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March 29, 2024

Rev. Catherine Lauber joins Rev. Rich Tafel for Good Friday Service

The half-hour hybrid service at the Church of the Holy City in Washington, DC will take place from 12:00-12:30 EST and will include meditative readings from the last words of Christ and the Sermon on the Mount. Communion will be celebrated. If you join online, please bring bread and juice. The Zoom link is below.

October 10, 2023

Anna Woofenden and co-author Derrick Weston Publish New Book: The Just Kitchen: Invitations to Sustainability, Cooking, Connection, and Celebration

For food and faith writers and podcasters Derrick Weston and Anna Woofenden, The Just Kitchen is about a passion for food, sharing meals, showing hospitality, and understanding cultures, faith traditions, food histories, and local foodways.

Their authentic podcast conversations spill over the pages of this book and explore how the kitchen can be a place where the things we care about most in the world are reflected in the foods we prepare and the way we prepare them. In a world where disconnection from the earth, our food, our faith, and each other is becoming the norm, Weston and Woofenden bring together voices of hope who are working for a world of organic reconnections. They invite us to dig deeply into the complexity of ecology and food systems, as well as how faith communities are connected to them.

This is an invitation to reprioritize the kitchen as a space for healing, community, activism, and celebration. Be inspired to see the sacred in the daily mundane, forge connection with the people and earth around you, and join the call of a just kitchen.

October 3, 2023

Rebecca K. Esterson Publishes New Book: Jewish Allegory in Eighteenth-Century Christian Imagination

Rebecca K. Esterson explores how Christian methods of biblical interpretation shifted during the eighteenth century, producing a rhetorical rejection of allegory while embracing literalism. Under the influence of Enlightenment concepts of human reason and advances in the experimental sciences, Christian interpreters began casting Jewish biblical interpretation as allegorical, while presenting Christian interpretation as literal. This shift in self-understanding allowed Christians to portray their own interpretations as scientifically, philosophically, and historically superior, resulting in a new way of othering the Jewish people. This study of biblical exegesis, theology, philosophy, and the arts in English, Swedish, and German contexts is an essential resource for scholars interested in biblical reception history and the history of Jewish-Christian relations.