aerial perspective of Glencairn, to the left, and Cairnwood, to the right. Image provided courtesy of Glencairn Museum.

The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Bryn Athyn College in Bryn Athyn, PA, an intentional community established by the Swedenborgian New Church in the late nineteenth century. Bryn Athyn College is one of three higher educational institutions in the United States historically affiliated with Swedenborgian theology; it and the town of Bryn Athyn are one of the only still-extant and lived-in intentional Swedenborgian communities in the world.

Now a nationally landmarked historic district, Bryn Athyn is internationally recognized for its distinctive and unique architecture that ranges from the Arts-and-Crafts to the Neo-Gothic, to the meandering streets designed by Olmsted, Olmsted, and Eliot. The conference will feature site visits to the Bryn Athyn Cathedral and the Glencairn Museum , a ten-story castle that houses one of the largest private collections of medieval religious art in North America. The conference will also be holding events in Cairnwood, a Beaux-Arts mansion next door to Glencairn originally designed by the Carrère and Hastings architectural firm.

1893 plan for the Bryn Athyn Community developed by Olmsted, Olmsted, and Eliot

Bryn Athyn is a short journey away from Philadelphia, and is easily accessible from both New York’s JFK and other area international airports (Newark, Philadelphia).