The Economy of the Future with Scott Smith

This Sunday: The Economy of the Future 

with Scott Smith

This summer, members of our community are taking a lead with CHC Sunday worship services. 


On Sunday, Scott Smith will guide us through his research and thinking behind his new book, The Emerging Kingdom (described and linked below).


Please join us in what promises to be an illuminating conversation.


About Scott: Scott Smith is an entrepreneur, author, and managing member of the C Squared Fund. He was an early pioneer in structured finance on Wall Street, and developed the model for securitizing loans that became the cornerstone for mortgage-backed securities today.


Scott also helped structure the financing for the first phase of President Nelson Mandela’s Redevelopment Program, which provided affordable housing for some 11,000 families near Soweto, South Africa, and paved the way to provide housing for many more families throughout the nation.


Scott is the author of The Emerging Kingdom, a book that develops the basis for a Congressional bill that would replace income taxes with a payments tax, which would slash the tax rate to 0.2%, balance the budget, and provide basic income, healthcare and college for all U. S. citizens.


Read more about Scott here.

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Recap of Last Week:

Powerful Message from Sheri Smith on the Power of Forgiveness

Last week we enjoyed hearing from Sheri Smith about the power of forgiveness, which provoked a great conversation. Among other things, we spoke about how we can avoid reacting to those we deeply disagree with, and practice forgiveness as a "way of being" through gratitude, taking responsibility and love.


You can view the recording of Sheri's presentation here.


Some of you had also asked where to find past sermons. As a helpful reminder, sermons are posted on our website and the YouTube Channel, with excerpts shared on our Facebook page. 

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The Top 6 Reasons Pastors Want to Quit

(And An Open Letter to the 42% Who Are Thinking of Exiting)

We wanted to share the following blog by Carey Nieuwhof to get us thinking about the future of church, and what can we do -- and do better -- as a community to make our church model more sustainable, and to serve as example to others.


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By now you’ve heard the number.


According to a recent Barna poll, 42% of pastors have seriously thought about quitting ministry in the last year.


As you can see from the graph below, that number has risen significantly, jumping from 29% to 42% in just 18 months. And remember, that doesn’t include the pastors who actually quit. (They would no longer answer in the affirmative…they’re already gone.)


It’s a significant crisis that has to be taken seriously, particularly when there isn’t a long line of qualified young pastors waiting to take their place.


So, what’s going on?


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According to the most recent Barna survey, pastors cite the following reasons as the main drivers behind their desire to exit:


  1. The immense stress of the job (56%)
  2. Feeling lonely and isolated (43%)
  3. Current political divisions (38%)
  4. Unhappy with the effect this role has had on their family (29%) (tie)
  5. Not optimistic about the future of my church (29%) (tie)
  6. My vision for the church conflicts with the church’s direction (29%) (tie)


Read the Full Blog Post

Welcome and Support of All People

in the LGBTQ+ Community

The Swedenborgian Church of North America (SCNA) publicly declares itself to be

LGBTQ+ Embracing. The SCNA encourages all its constituent bodies to become

LGBTQ+ Embracing.


As an LGBTQ+ Embracing organization, the SCNA recognizes that the LGBTQ+

community, in particular those of color, continue to experience prejudice, discrimination, and condemnation at the hands of many religious institutions.


The SCNA will clearly and publicly make known their welcome of all LGBTQ+ people, will advocate in the public sphere for their rights, and will educate themselves on the care and pastoring of people in the LGBTQ+ community. We welcome LGBTQ+ seekers and support their identities and loving relationships. All rites and sacraments of the SCNA are available to LGBTQ+ people including, baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage, consecration as a licensed pastor, ordination, and services of remembrance and resurrection.


The SCNA understands the message of love and inclusion taught to us through the

Bible and insights of Emanuel Swedenborg to affirm diversity in all its exciting complexity, offering equal value and worth to all people with a variety of God given gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, and loving relationships.


The SCNA will seek to interpret the Bible and the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg in ways that honor the equal value and worth of all sexual orientations, genders, gender identities, and gender expressions. We will support everyone who is engaged in the regenerative journey—individual or partnered. We affirm any partnered relationships that are entered into freely, are grounded in mutual fidelity and respect, and have as their end the well-being and spiritual growth of each partner. We acknowledge that living in truly loving and wise ways is possible for finite and fallible human beings only with the Lord's leading.


As our understanding of this continues to unfold, the SCNA is dedicated to educating itself and others. The SCNA respects the judgment of those who make decisions for its constituent bodies and lends its support to them as they discern whether to become LGBTQ+ Embracing and will offer resources and guidance to facilitate the process.


*(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus—including: intersex, pansexual, two-spirit, non-binary, gender non-conforming, aromantic, and asexual).

Throwback Moment from the first Spiritual Entrepreneur Roundtable at CHC

Check out photos of the first Spiritual Entrepreneur Roundtable held at the Church of the Holy City in 2016.


How can we, as a community, do more to serve spiritual entrepreneurs in our church, our nation, and around the world?


If you have ideas and want to get involved in planning such events, and help us think about ways we can extend our impact as a Church, please reach out! You can write directly to Rich Tafel, and also Kateryna Pyatybratova, at katempya@gmail.com.

Readings for This Sunday

Matthew 6:21

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  


Matthew 6:24

“You cannot serve both God and money.”


Matthew 25:40

"Truly I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."


Emanuel Swedenborg

“Charity is not only about giving to those in need, but in a broader sense about loving your neighbor and doing good things for other people without thought of reward.”

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