Welcome to the New Church! We're glad that you're here.
The New Church is a new Christianity that provides a clear path to happiness and addresses your questions about God, love, and life after death with answers that make sense. The teachings are immediately practical and deeply spiritual: it is a religion to be lived, not just believed.
Our denomination is officially known as the General Church of the New Jerusalem and has congregations located around the world. New Church beliefs are founded in the Word of God in the Old and New Testaments, and provide new insight into its meaning. The New Church teaches that there is one God, and we know Him as the Lord God Jesus Christ. We look to Him as a being of unconditional love who neither judges nor condemns. We believe that God created the universe and everything in it with an ultimately loving purpose. Each thing that happens, even if it appears to be bad, is in service of the greater good of humanity — that is, drawing us closer to the Divine and evolving in spiritual consciousness.
The New Church is based on the teachings of the Bible. Insights from Emanuel Swedenborg, an eighteenth century theologian and scientist, provide a fresh framework for understanding the Bible. Swedenborg provided an explanation of the Bible's internal meaning, as well as writing many additional volumes which shed light on why we're here and how to develop a functional relationship with God. Swedenborg teaches that all people who live good lives, regardless of their religion, are welcomed into heaven. Above all, authentic religion is kindness towards the neighbor and a willingness to be led by God.