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21 April 2006

Living with Emanuel Swedenborg - preview

Liz Breckons, a musician and a former mayor of Berwick-upon-Tweed, describes her life as a Swedenborgian

Everybody's lives are remarkable and unremarkable at the same time – remarkable in that everybody has a tale to tell that is different from everybody else, and unremarkable in that much of our lives are made up of the same experiences

  • My life so far has been just such a mixture – only in comparison with people we meet can we see our own lives in context
  • So what was it like to grow up as a minister's daughter with a father who ministered the doctrines of a mystic and dead Swede?

    As a child born in the New Church Manse in Heywood, Lancashire, I grew up in a huge church family
  • New Jerusalem churches were prevalent in the North West industrial towns
  • The congregation were all related in fact, however distantly ('except the Dawsons', I hear my mum say)
  • My life was measured through a calendar of events, social and religious, which filled up the lives of my family
  • Church anniversaries, choir practices, sales of work, coffee mornings, badminton, shows, concerts, hiking, discussion groups, Sunday school, organ lessons, weekends away with groups of young people
  • Later in life I was to realise these weekends filled with hilarity were actually retreats
  • There were even church holidays organised in far away Scotland and Northumberland, designed to try to get new church youngsters, a match made in heaven

  • Liz Breckons

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