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Our Mission | About the New Church

The New Church (also referred to as Swedenborgianism) is a Christian faith based on the teachings of the Bible and the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, an 18th century Swedish scientist and theologian. Swedenborg published extensively about what it means to be Christian, the inner meaning of the Bible, the afterlife, and God. The teachings for the New Church emphasize that true happiness comes from leading a life of useful service to others.

The Academy of the New Church is affiliated with the General Church of the New Jerusalem, which is often referred to simply as the New Church. For more information, visit

About Emanuel Swedenborg

Emanuel Swedenborg was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 29, 1688. He was the son of Sara Behm and Jesper Swedberg, a Lutheran clergyman who later became a bishop. Emanuel's education included studies at the University of Uppsala and under leading scientists throughout western Europe. He published extensively on a varitety of scientific and philosophical topics: from natural philosophy to studies of anatomy to the interaction between the soul and the body. In later life, he shifted his focus from science to theology, studying Scripture and publishing theological works. On March 29, 1772 he died in London, at the age of eighty-four.

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