Support the Center for Swedenborgian Studies
Your generous contribution helps support students, scholarships, classes, public programs, and special projects. If you would like to make a contribution by mail, please mail your contribution to The Center for Swedenborgian Studies at 1798 Scenic Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709.
Dear CSS Friends,
Thanks to the support of our donors past and present, graduate level Swedenborgian studies has achieved high visibility as a Center of Distinction at the Graduate Theological Union interacting with thousands of scholars and students of many traditions since arriving in Berkeley in 2001 at one of the world’s most prominent theological consortia. We have worked with more than fifty students accomplishing some form of Swedenborgian studies education, which includes licensed pastors as a new level of consecrated leadership.
The two faculty we’ve recruited and developed over the past decade –Dr. Devin Zuber and Dr. Rebecca Esterson—were recently described as “superstars” by the president of GTU during a meeting with the CSS Board of Directors. Prof. Esterson was voted by her peers at the GTU with the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award, and she has delivered her manuscript on Swedenborg’s context and role in eighteenth-century biblical interpretation for book to be published by The Society for Biblical Languages. Prof. Zuber’s recently publishedA Language of Things: Emanuel Swedenborg and the American Environmental Imagination with the University of Virginia Press. This book was awarded the prestigious Borsch-Rast Book Prize! Even after the move to Berkeley, we were able to continue working in online and videoconferencing technologies with Rev. Dr. George Dole, a giant in Swedenborgian scholarship who passed into the spiritual world this past summer (https://www.swedenborgianstudies.org/reflections-on-george-doles-professional-career/).
As you may know, seminaries across the U.S. are facing challenges in attracting students. GTU and PSR are no exceptions, and both campuses are making changes to reduce administrative costs and to offset tuition declines by increasing facility rental income. This will impact CSS since we do not own the spaces we use for offices and our treasured library and archives. Cost increases are coming for our housing on “Holy Hill.”
While we are able, we must strive to build our endowment so that CSS is able to continue the good work we’ve begun in reaching future influencers in the field of religion so that we can support the always budding interest in Swedenborg that our churches and internet ministries are stimulating.
Won’t you join me in this mission by making a generous gift to CSS today?
If you would like to make a contribution by mail, please send your check to: Center for Swedenborgian Studies, 1798 Scenic Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709
To donate online, please visit https://www.swedenborgianstudies.org/donate/
James F Lawrence
Rev. James F. Lawrence, Ph.D., D.Min.
Dean, Center for Swedenborgian Studies
P.S. It’s not too late to contribute to the Rev. Dr. George F. Dole Fund, which is dedicated to faculty support! Just put George Dole Fund in the memo line on your check or go to https://www.swedenborgianstudies.org/reflections-on-george-doles-professional-career/ and designate your gift as a contribution to this special fund.