Church of the Open Word Garden Chapel, St. Louis, MO

1040 Dautel Lane
St. Louis, Missouri 63146
(314) 872-7124

Our rich Swedenborgian heritage began in London in 1787. Swedenborg's teachings were brought to America and the first Swedenborgian Church was started in Baltimore in 1792. One of the first Swedenborgian churches in St. Louis was built on Spring Avenue in 1842 and moved to its current location in 1958. The denominational headquarters is located in Newton, Massachusetts.

Summary of beliefs of the church (from the Swedenborgian Church)

Emanuel Swedenborg

"Swedenborg's message has meant so much to me. It has given color and reality and unity to my thought of the life to come; it has exalted my ideas of love, truth and usefulness; it has been my strongest incitement to overcome limitations."

- Helen Keller, Light in My Darkness

Swedenborg was a foremost scientist in Europe during the 18th century, who became a member of the Swedish House of Nobles. Emerson called him a "colossal soul," and counted him as one of the "representative men" of the world such as Plato, Montaigne, Shakespeare and Goethe.

After a profound spiritual experience in his mid-fifties, he devoted the rest of his life to religion. He wrote extensively on the deeper meaning of the Bible and life after death. A full treatment of his philosophy can be found on the nature of reality and the relationship between God and humanity with respect to freedom and responsibility. His writings are expositions on the deeper meanings of the Bible.

Further information on Swedenborg can be found from:
The Swedenborgian Church
The Swedenborg Foundation
The NewEarth Swedenborg BBS
The Open Directory Project - Swedenborg
Spiritual Wisdom: Uses the insights of Emanuel Swedenborg to help explain the meaning of our lives.

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