About the Foundation

The Swedenborg Foundation is a US-based nonprofit that serves to publish, preserve, and promote the life-guiding principles of eighteenth-century spiritual world explorer Emanuel Swedenborg. In addition to book publishing, the Foundation also produces faith and spirituality-based multimedia content on a regular basis.

This website has been developed by the Swedenborg Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help people learn about Emanuel Swedenborg. We are currently in the process of creating a new translation of his works from the original Latin, and we also keep older translations in print for those who prefer them. We also produce contemporary books and videos on Swedenborg’s ideas and how they relate to spiritual growth as well as providing in-person and online venues for asking questions and sharing experiences.

The Swedenborg Foundation was founded in 1849 and chartered by the state of New York in 1850 as the American Swedenborg Printing and Publishing Society. The sole purpose of this new organization was to print and distribute the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. In 1928 the name was changed to the Swedenborg Foundation and the purposes broadened to include publication of closely related works and educational programs. Through its publications efforts, the Foundation has distributed or sold hundreds of thousands of copies of Swedenborg’s works and related materials the world over. The Foundation operates as an independent, nonprofit, and charitable corporation dependent on public support.

The mission of the Swedenborg Foundation is to foster an affirmative, informed, and increasingly broad engagement with the theological message disclosed by Emanuel Swedenborg. To carry out this mission, the Foundation publishes Swedenborg’s works, books applying their principles to contemporary life, scholarly monographs, and sponsors educational and informational programs.

The purposes and powers of the Foundation are to print, publish, circulate, and distribute the theological, scientific, and other works and writings of Emanuel Swedenborg for benevolent, charitable, scientific, missionary, and philanthropic purposes, as well as annotations, commentaries thereon and extracts therefrom; and to purchase, sell, translate into any language, edit, and advertise such works and writings; to print, publish, circulate, purchase, or sell literature in agreement therewith or collateral thereto; to acquire, prepare, publish, and distribute biographies of Emanuel Swedenborg; to hold meetings, lectures, debates, and conferences as a means of promoting interest in his writings and teachings; to maintain reading-rooms, libraries, branches, and stations for reference and study of such writings and teachings in any part of the world; and to do other such lawful things as may be incidental to the carrying in to effect of the foregoing purposes and powers; which purposes and powers shall be exercised without any pecuniary profits of any officer, member, or employee of the corporation, except reasonable compensation for services in effecting one or more of such purposes and powers.

2016-2017 Board Members

Dr. Richard Hatheway, President

Larry Conant, Vice-President

Karen Feil, Treasurer

Pete Toot, Secretary

Cory Bradford-Watts

Rev. Dr. James F. Lawrence

Kaye Junge Lermitte

Christopher Lynch

Rev. Dr. Jonathan S. Rose

Dr. Lewis Shaw

Dr. Sylvia Shaw

Dr. Stuart Shotwell

Rev. Jeremy Simons

Richard Smoley

Kathy Tafel

Dr. Jane Williams-Hogan

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