Notes on This Issue Editor 1987
Vol. CVII January, 1987 No. 1
New Church Life
A MONTHLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO THE TEACHINGS REVEALED THROUGH EMANUEL SWEDENBORG
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Second-class Postage Paid at Bryn Athyn, PA The sermon by Rev. Erik E. Sandstrom entitled "The Unity of God" was first preached in New Zealand at a time when New Church people there were deciding that they were ready to have a resident minister. As we go to press, Rev. Robin Childs is departing to take up work there with visits to Australia.
This month we have the 299th birthday of Emanuel Swedenborg. We expect in the months ahead to have more material relating to Swedenborg than is usual, since we are approaching the tricentennial of his birth. The article on page 17 by Rev. Grant Odhner is an excellent beginning. One of the purposes of the book Swedenborg en France is to assess Swedenborg's influence upon such French literary figures as Balzac, George Sand and Baudelaire. We are indebted to Dr. Robert Gladish for providing a review of this book which to date only appears in the French language.
It has been our custom in recent months to include in most issues fillers from this magazine 100 years ago and 50 years ago. This month we quote from a comment made a century ago on the matter of whether a New Church man is an optimist (p. 30). On page 32 we have a quote on the subject of "change" written for this magazine fifty years ago by George de Charms. Bishop de Charms is ninety-seven years old.
In the survey of "favorite passages" no passage received as much attention as no. 8478 of the Arcana. Rev. Nathan Gladish singles out a portion of this most popular passage and encourages you to "read the rest in its original context." We are finding that this series has encouraged a number of people to read the passages that are discussed.
The Charter Day address delivered by Rev. G. S. Childs last October seems particularly apt at the beginning of a new year. He suggests that we step back away from everyday states to view our situation. "Here we stand, a very few men and women, with a gift of incredible value. It is not ours; it is from the Lord alone."
Last October 3-5, 1986, there was a gathering of Scandinavian New Church people in Denmark. We received a photograph of this gathering just in time to publish last month (p. 569) but we did not identify the gathering.
The Council of the Clergy minutes by Rev. Alfred Acton (p. 33) will be continued next month.