Choosing between modules
What course to study?
Factors to take into consideration
We offer over thirty modules and so potential students need some guidance about choosing which to study. Different modules are suited to different people.
The modules vary as in the extent to which they relate Swedenborg’s ideas to biblical material, as well as their focus on academic, experiential, or practical content.
Some students see themselves in terms of their Christian heritage. Others are more orientated towards a universal spirituality.
Our students also vary as whether they are studying out of personal interest or want training towards roles within the Swedenborgian movement as either volunteer e.g. auxiliary minister, or employee, e.g. ordained minister or youth leader.
You may wish to choose one module for study. On the other hand you can embark on a programme of several modules awarding course credits towards an award. In either case to help your choice based on these considerations, please consult our suggestions in relation to:
- Starter modules
- Modules relating spiritually-connected matters to Swedenborg’s ideas
- Modules exploring Swedenborg’s ideas in depth
- Modules relating the Bible to Swedenborg’s ideas
- Practical training modules
If new to reading Swedenborg in his own words, or unfamiliar with his ideas, we suggest you study 1 or more of these starter modules:
- Nurturing the soul There are many gateways to the soul. This course is a mix of experiential exercises and insights from a Swedenborgian perspective that invites an exploration and reflection on what this means for you. ½ credit 160 hours of learning.
- An Introduction to Swedenborgian Thought Gain a vision of hope in, and relationship with, the source of all that is good and true through a new framework of ideas in spirituality. ¼ credit. 40 hours of learning.
- Skills in Swedenborgian Studies Explore and begin to locate spiritual insights and their dispersion across Swedenborg’s books. This gives a great start to delving into the treasure trove of resources for future research. ¼ credit. 40 hours of learning.
- Mysticism and Swedenborg as a mystic Experience an opening up of the nature of mystical awareness found in all the world’s religions in relation to spiritual philosophy. ¼ credit 60 – 80 hours of learning.
- Correspondence I Use the symbolic language of correspondences to open up insights as to how the spiritual flows into the physical, especially in nature, myths and stories. ¼ credit 60 – 80 hours of learning.
- Insights into the Bible Discover the hidden depths to the Bible, the divine allegory, which relates to each individual’s deepening spiritual awareness and relationship with God. ¼ credit. 40 hours of learning.
- The spiritual world Searching for heaven is not searching for a place, but for a quality and a way of life. This module studies the book “Heaven and Hell” written by Swedenborg and looks at what he reveals about the nature of life after death and its implications for the way we live our life in this world. ¼ credit. 80 hours of learning.
Modules connecting spiritually-related matters to Swedenborg’s ideas
If you interested in spiritually-related matters we suggest you study:
- Themes in World Religions
- Swedenborg and Psychology
- Swedenborg and Ethics
- A Pathway to Wholeness
Modules exploring Swedenborg’s ideas in depth?
If you want more of a focus on Swedenborg’s ideas we suggest you study:
- Divine Providence
- Doctrine of the Lord
- The Divine in Intimate Relationships
Modules relating the Christian Bible to Swedenborg’s ideas
If interested in the deeper insights contained in the Bible, we suggest you study:
- Old Testament People
- Apocalyptic and the Book of Revelation
Practical training modules
If you wish to be trained in practical skills for application within the Swedenborgian movement we suggest you study:
- Correspondence 2
- Communicating Personal Conviction
- Pastoral Communication and Awareness
- Skills in Group Leading
For further information and a full list of modules go to our prospectus.