Rev. Sage Cole
Telephone: office (617) 864-4552
Address: The Swedenborg Chapel, 50 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Web site: www.swedenborgchapel.com
Special areas of interest: Spiritual experience, dream work, mysticism, spiritual direction, new forms of spiritual community.
As the Swedenborgian Chaplain to Harvard, I am very excited to meet with students on campus interested in exploring their spirituality, particularly mysticism, life after death, spiritual experience, and the workings of divine providence in our day to day lives.
You may not have heard of the Swedenborgian tradition, as we are a very small community. Our tradition looks to the writings of the scientist, philosopher, mystic and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) to understand our Christian faith, the Bible, and our experience of the world. Swedenborg teaches that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience, and that all of life is packed with spiritual meaning and symbolic experiences that help us on our path to become more whole and loving beings. We experience and choose, now in our daily lives, heaven or hell. We every day make choices that open ourselves more to heaven or to hell, choices that have consequences for our experience after death.
I came to my faith in my early 20’s while studying philosophy, religion and psychology in college. Having previously come into contact with the Swedenborgian tradition, as I studied it in more depth, a light went off in me when I began to truly believe that I wasn’t alone forging my path through life. I began to believe that there is a spiritual dimension to my experience and that God is helping to lay out the opportunities and possibilities in my life. Having been a perfectionist throughout my teenage years, with my primary drive being to do everything right, this new awareness was a huge relief. I began to believe that it isn’t all up to me to sort out what to do with my life and that I could rest in God, and in the support and guidance of others. This drew me for the first time into true community, into a relationship with God that I continue to cultivate, and into a deeper acceptance of and love for myself, others and all creation.I act as the Swedenborgian Chaplain to Harvard while also serving half-time as pastor of the Swedenborg Chapel on the corner of Quincy and Kirkland Streets across from Memorial Hall. We hold a Thursday evening dinner/reading group (beginning at 7:00 p.m.), where we gather for a potluck meal and then time together reading and discussing one of Swedenborg's works. We worship Sunday mornings at 11:00 am and invite you to join us! I live in Jamaica Plain with my husband and young son.