Host Rev. Cory Bradford-Watts talks with Rev. Junchol Lee, pastor of the historic Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco, about how mystical experiences and an interfaith combination of Buddhism, Taoism, and Swedenborgianism have guided his spiritual journey. Book recommendations and more resources below ↓↓↓↓
In this episode of the Transcendiots webcast we talk with Swedenborgian pastor Junchol Lee about how the God-less philosophies of Buddhism and Taoism led him to the God-centered aspect of Christianity. Troubled by the ideas of karma and reincarnation that form the basis of Buddhism, he soon turned to Taoism, but quickly realized he was also missing a connection to the one Divine source found in Swedenborgianism. Watch and listen as Rev. Lee describes how mystical experiences affirmed his unique interfaith approach to life and brought him back to a life of ministry after a time of doubt.
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"Seven Days of Spiritual Evolution: The Genesis of Personal Transformation" - https://swedenborg.com/product/seven-days-of-spiritual-evolution/
"True Christianity: New Century Edition" - https://swedenborg.com/product/true-christianity-1-nce/
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Rev. Cory Bradford-Watts is an ordained minister with the Swedenborgian Church of North America and a member of the Swedenborg Foundation board of directors. His current ministry includes leading and officiating the Swedenborgian Online Community—an affirming interfaith group that meets weekly to grow in love and wisdom online. Cory was exposed to many different religious traditions growing up, but had little personal belief in Divinity. Then, after experiencing a mystical near-death experience as a young adult, he started to sense the spiritual qualities of life and developed a belief in the Creator. He eventually found himself drawn to the pluralistic, Christian nature of Swedenborgianism, and answered the call to uplift others wherever they're at, no matter their creed or culture.
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