Who We ARE
Portland New Church was officially constituted on August 21, 1831, as The Church of The New Jerusalem, by a group who had begun meeting to read and discuss the writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg. The church grew slowly until 1850 when the Rev. William B. Hayden began a 25-year pastorate. During that time the church grew to 183 members and a new church was constructed on High Street. The current building, which houses the present church, was completed in April of 1910, intended as a parish hall. The denomination itself was founded in 18th century England.
The goals of the Swedenborgian Church of Portland ( now know as Portland New Church are:
to provide a safe place to explore Swedenborgian theology, Christianity, and
other spiritual paths;
to honor the presence of the Divine in the earth and all of creation;
to honor the good and truth in all people and all beliefs;
to celebrate the dance of the spirit;
to learn how to love;
to serve that love with wisdom;
to nurture our children;
to share trust, leadership, and responsibility;
to sing and worship;
and to live our faith in the community at large.