Seminars are regular gatherings organised by the Australian New Church College and have been taking place for many years now. Their purpose is to bring people physically together for a few days to study and share the Heavenly Doctrines, the Word, and personal beliefs, with the help of leaders.
The recent Adelaide Seminar was held in the church hall from March 14th to 16th and there were twenty people taking part from around Australia and one from overseas. It was led by David Millar, Todd Beiswenger and Julian Duckworth, with an excellent session given by Ros Taylor.
Chapters from Genesis and Exodus as explained in the Arcana Caelestia, Swedenborg’s major work, are a perennial and stimulating daily part of Seminars. At this one, we looked at and worked with Genesis chapters 7, 8 and 9 which are about the Flood and Noah. David took chapter 7 which deals with the animals brought into the ark, along with Noah and his family, and the rise of the flood and the destruction of everything but the floating ark.
Todd took us through chapter 8, the ending of the rain, the resting of the ark and the sending out of the raven and the dove. Julian worked with chapter 9 where God gives the rainbow sign, promising not to destroy again, and the curious story of Noah’s drunkenness and his 3 sons.
Other sessions included: Becoming obedient to truth; Understanding our sense of self; Mastering the Basics; An introduction to Wholeness Theology (Ros Taylor) and a discussion on Making meaningful contact with people who are seeking.
Those who came were asked to contribute for The New Age what they got from the seminar which can be found in the comments below…