Our Society (another word for “congregation”) is over one century old. The sanctuary was built as a chapel for the Swedenborgian Church’s denominational theological school, which was located adjacent to the chapel until the 1960s, when it moved. At that time, the theological school built an addition onto the side of the chapel for the congregation’s use as a parish wing. Only in 2004 did the Cambridge Society manage to finally purchase the building from the theological school, with the assistance of the larger state organization.
The Swedenborgian Church, originally founded as the General Convention of the Church of the New Jerusalem, was founded about 200 years ago by various groups of people, primarily Anglicans and Methodists by upbringing, who had been reading the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. Over the years, a variety of congregations formed, with their members coming from a variety of Christian traditions (Anglican, Mennonite, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and so on). This diversity has given our denomination a wonderful mixture of worship traditions that vary from society to society.
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