[Camp Session Info]

2018 Lecture Themes

   Daily Schedule
  8:45  Morning Chapel
  9:00  1st Lecture
10:00  2nd Lecture
11:00  Adult Discussion Group and
           Flames and Sparks classes

Lectures are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday each week. There is no morning program on Wednesdays, which is Outing Day. Sunday mornings we join the congregation of the Fryeburg New Church in town for morning services instead of the usual program.

Due to the Rev. Dr. George F. Dole Celebration 3-Mile Road Race (Saturday, August 11, 2018, 8:00am), there is only one lecture on middle Saturday at 11:00am, the same time as the teen and children's classes. There is no Adult Discussion Group that day.

A full listing of each week's lectures is found on the Lecture Schedule page.

Week One

Doctrinal Theme:
"Altruism and Kindness"

Altruism is defined as "the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others". In The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine #107, Swedenborg defines this as "spiritual good". “Love towards the neighbor, or charity... extends to each and all things which a person thinks and wills, and therefore to all which they speak and act. Furthermore, charity with one person is not as it is with another person; and also that one person is not a neighbor in the same way as another person.”

Rev. Dr. George F. Dole remarked “The main thing that occurs to me is the difference it makes in our efforts to love the neighbor if we maintain an awareness that at all times, both we and the neighbor are in process — on a journey.” It is in this process of continual discernment and the doing of "wise loving" uniquely in each relationship with our neighbors, that altruism (or the doctrine of charity with faith) becomes a doctrine of life and, when lived fully, is our path to angel-hood.

NOTE: Dr. Soni Werner, author of the book, Altruism: Many Kinds of Kindnesses, will be our Everett K. Bray Visiting Lecturer this week.

NOTE: To enhance your lecture experience, here are Excerpts from Altruism: Many Kinds of Kindness by Dr. Soni Werner.

Week Two
Biblical Theme:
"Spiritual Journeys
in the Bible
There are many journeys described in the Bible, many of them journeys of people God called to travel. Abraham, Jacob, Moses and, after the death of Joseph in Egypt, the Israelites as a people, travelled into the desert, into the promised land, and into exile in Babylon. The literal stories of the journeys in the Bible have been made into big-screen epic movies, and there are many Old Testament stories in which all of the "People of the Book" find meaning. Journeys in the New Testament — the journeys of Mary and Joseph, John the Baptist, and Jesus with his disciples — have deep meaning for Christians.
Swedenborg’s insight into the inner sense of these stories points our attention to our own inner development; each human life is a journey from the Garden of Eden to the Holy City. Correspondences abound: from childhood learning "in Egypt" to the pains of adolescence "wandering in the wilderness", from the development of the "rites and rules" that mark our belonging to our own "tribe" to our spiritual awakening like Paul in the roadway. This week’s lecturers will take up some of the many aspects of the journey of human development and its correspondences to the Biblical narrative.
NOTE: We have an extensive list of Past Lecture Themes.


[Camp Session Info]

Main St (Route 302) & Haleytown Rd, Fryeburg, ME 04037 (map)