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Registration Opens for Both In-Person and Virtual Attendees on April 15th

Registration for in-person attendees is open until May 14, and until June 14 for virtual attendees.
Registration is online only.

The 199th annual convention of the Swedenborgian Church will be hosted by the Massachusetts New Church Union at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, from Saturday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 5, 2023. This area of New England is known for beautiful Cape Cod summers, stunning fall foliage, and cranberries. 

Last year’s hybrid convention was such a success, bringing people from afar together both in-person and virtually, that we will be doing it again this summer. Every year we hope to make convention a little better, so you can expect even more participation and fun for those attending both in-person and virtually in 2023. 

Delegates will be able to participate in-person or remotely using the NemoVote online voting system for all of our voting. (See the elections page for the list of this year’s nominees.) Contact your local church or association if you wish to serve as a voting delegate at convention.

In-person attendees will have the pleasure of visiting the Bridgewater  New Jerusalem Church for an evening worship service and experiencing their hospitality at a reception afterwards. Elmwood Church will be hosting a cook-out for us all to enjoy July 4 together and will be followed by fireworks with the best seat in the house—on top of the parking garage at our dormitories!

Registration, like last year, is online. There are separate registration forms for in-person and virtual attendees so be sure to select the correct one. Thanks to all your generous donations, we are able to keep the registration fees low, and free for all youth ages eighteen and under. (See more about the children’s program and travel assistance on p. 48.)

Room and Board for a four night stay in a double room at convention is only $375, and all youth eighteen and under pay half. Virtual attendees (including delegates) will only have to pay a small $50 registration fee. Be sure to read our online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for detailed pricing and answers to your questions before registering.

Registration will close May 14 for in-person attendees and June 14 for virtual attendees. If you need assistance filling out the online form, contact Central Office during regular business hours. All the information and details are available on, and more will be published in the next issue of the Messenger. We can’t wait to see you in July! 

Read the full issue of the April 2023 Messenger

Join us from July 1 – July 5, 2023