Hello to everyone!
I am new to a new ACNA church--the church was started last month. I come to this Anglican church, feeling both at home and on an adventure. My spiritual path, as my screen name suggests, is one that has led me in and out of several congregations, traditions, and, of course, spiritual growth through solitude. Some of my church traditions include Baptist, Wesleyan, Pentecostal, and Episcopal.
In the past I have filled my spiritual hours with the study of theology and Biblical interpretation. Now, my spirituality is almost exclusively devoted to praying the Divine Office, reading Scripture, and attending services at the new Anglican church in my community. I also have interests in backyard astronomy, nature, hiking, and bird watching.
The Bible translations I frequently use these days include the following (in order of personal preference).
*]Jerusalem Bible (JB) (1966)
*]New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) (1989)
*]King James Version, Cambridge University Press (KJV) (1990, 1995)
*]New International Version (NIV) (1984)
I consider my spiritual bent to be contemplative. An Episcopal priest once told me that the church has never known what to do with contemplatives, except to provide monasteries for their unique spirituality. Well, I am married with two children and three grand children--so, a monastery is not an avenue open to me.
If you want to put a current label on me, how about Anglican Contemplative or Scottish Monk.
No, I do not live in Scotland. My ancestors left Edinburgh in 1723 A.D. and settled in Appalachia for seven generations--pretty much all of those years in the same hollow. Appalachia is a mountainous region where many Scotch/Irish folk migrated, My parents left Appalachia during the 1940s and migrated to a small town in the Midwest. After a business career, I retired and began making several trips a year to the sacred places of my Appalachian roots--the trips feel so good, my heart and soul sing out in praise to God in the midst of the Southern Highland mountains and numerous Scottish relatives.
I am glad to be in a new Anglican church and look forward to participating in this Anglican forum. I have much to learn, many questions to ask, and a few ideas to share.
The night is clear. No porch lights or street lights invade the corner where I sit at my telescope . . . considering God's heavens and the work of his fingers.