With this article we begin a series of discussions on human development. As New Churchmen who are privileged to view the Divine Human, we should be able to understand more about what makes man human than anyone else and so be able to gear our educational offerings in a way that will perfect the essential human being formed by the Lord within an individual.
The Right Reverend Elmo C. Acton, a member of the Board of Directors of the Swedenborg Scientific Association and an ardent supporter of its uses, passed into the spiritual world on Christmas Day, 1975. He had devoted a half-century to pastor-ships in the General Church of the New Jerusalem and to teaching in various Church society schools as well as in the Theological School of the Academy of the New Church. Following retirement from his final pastoral office as Dean of the Bryn Athyn Church, Bishop Acton continued teaching courses in the Academy, and he gave occasional adult classes to the Bryn Athyn society. Of special relevance to the work of this association was a reading class he conducted in Swedenborg’s philosophical works.