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Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (excerpted from his oratory, ''The American Scholar'')
(Emerson is also well known as a mentor and friend of fellow Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau.)
Fryeburg New Church
(Established as The church of the New Jerusalem in 1879)
The Fryeburg New Church is actually not so new! We’ve been an active part of the Fryeburg community for well over 100 years. We are part of the Church of the New Jerusalem, a denomination which has been in existence for nearly 300 years. Johnny Appleseed, Helen Keller, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and many others have been readers of Emanuel Swedenborg, the 18th Century scientist and philosopher whose teachings, along with the Bible, form the basis of our Church.
Today, we are a unique Christian church that places freedom and responsibility with the individual. While we believe that there is good and truth to be found in all spiritual traditions and that heaven is not exclusively for Christians, there are three essential beliefs that are the basis of our faith: