Classes And Reading Programs

If you want to get together with people to talk about spiritual growth, study religious ideas, or simply enjoy their companionship, then check out what we have to offer.

We have a wide variety of programs of various kinds: reading programs, spiritual growth programs, small group opportunities, etc. Some programs are online programs for individuals; others are for meeting with other people. There's something for everyone.

Online reading programs

The Lord’s Word helps us most when we read it every day. When we read it daily we will find that we more easily understand what it says. Reading the Word is more a matter of the heart than the head. By showing up at the pages every day we open our heart to the Lord.

These classes are for everyone who wants to explore God's Word and explore what it means to live according to its teachings.

The Bryn Athyn pastoral staff would like to help you in turning to the Lord every day. Here are opportunities for you to get involved:

Daily Inspirations - daily passages from Swedenborg's Writings
Short readings from General Church Outreach Office emailed to you. Sign up here.

Readings from Arcana Coelestia
Slightly longer daily readings (½ to 1 page) from Arcana Coelestia, with corresponding readings in Scripture. These will be emailed to you. Sign up here:

Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture
Receive daily emails with readings from the Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture. You will finish this book in three weeks, reading about 3 pages per day. There are also readings from Psalm 119 included. Sign up here:

Festival Readings

We provide booklets of readings at various times of the year, such as before Christmas, Easter and New Church Day. You can pick them up at the Pastors’ Office or at the Cathedral when they become available a few weeks before the festival. You can sign up to get the Christmas readings daily by email.

Small group reading programs

There are a number of small groups that meet regularly to learn about and discuss the Word of God for various age groups, group sizes, and in various types of locations.

Cairnwood Village morning class

Wednesdays 10-10:45 a.m. A class on some topic from the Word.

Young Adult Reading Group (21 and up)

Come read the writings and make a meal together. Casual. Contact Nathan Odhner.

There are quite a number of other groups that are meeting at the moment.

If you are interested in finding a group but these times to do not work for you, contact Erik Buss to see if there is room in any of the existing groups.