Becoming Anglican

Bishop John Guernsey laying of hands on me while offering prayer to welcome me into the Anglican Church at Redeemer Anglican. My Rector Dan in white robes.

It’s been a strange and amazing journey to finally find a tradition and a spiritual community to call home.

I owe a debt of gratitude to the Methodist Churches that formed me, the Catholic Church that welcomed me, and Quakers who gave me a home while I just needed to be able to sit with God in silence. I also owe an immense thanks to all the people who let me serve them as a chaplain and helped me embrace my pastoral identity.

Icon of John the Baptist

I love the icon of John the Baptist by Abraham the Scribe. I think the original was around 18th century. I also love the icon of Jonah being spat out by the whale. There’s a rawness to John and Jonah that I really love.

I think John is an interesting figure in that he announced Jesus’ coming even in his mother’s womb. I interpret this icon as John’s faithfulness to live out his calling, when he could see with his gift of prophecy that doing so would cost him his head.

I’ve always been curious what the scroll says in Arabic, if you can read it please translate it for me. Thanks.

As a funny aside, the angel’s outfit reminds me of traditional Korean clothes (hanbok).