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Denomination of the Day: Swedenborgians

Technically, let's go with:

The general church's website is here: http://www.newchurch.org/

The wikipedia page is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Church_of_the_New_Jerusalem

Inevitably, I mention this not because this is my first encounter with Swedenborg (and it's hard to forget a name like that, at least for me), but because once again, in the course of innocently engaging in genealogy, I've stumbled across (fourth? fifth? about) cousins who participate in an unusual religion. And this isn't one of those mentioned in an obit things, either. This is, went to a college of the church and was a secretary for a sub-organization and etc. Not _quite_ as cool as the woman who wound up in charge of the Theosophists for a while, but very cool, nonetheless. (Speaking of whom, the latest update to naturalization information in ancestry.com handed me a whole bunch of information about D.A., including her maiden name, kids names and birth dates, etc.)

Bonus, extra denomination of the day (totally and completely unrelated to the above!):

Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada

This is from an obituary notice for someone so distantly related I'm not sure even I'm prepared to count it. But I thought it was interesting, as an illustration of what happens when assimilated descendants of (P)Russian Mennonites are trying to pick a religion and it's not going to be one of the old-school denominations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evangelical_Missionary_Church_of_Canada

A member church in Red Deer (which is how I ran across it):

http://www.crossroadschurch.ca/index.php

That's kind of nice: returning to their "cousins", in a round-a-bout and faith oriented way, given the denomination including the modern day descendants of Swiss Anabaptists who came to North America earlier.

It's easy to get confused about some of these Canadian Anabaptist denominations. Some of them get to the anabaptist position via Stone-Campbell. I find those the most tantalizing, as a possible explanation for how my grandmother met my grandfather. But I doubt anything will come of that theory. I kinda like the mail-order bride, theory.
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