A new Gneuby…

… as they say. I alluded to various things going on in an earlier post and I’ve thought perhaps I should actually put more news up. Heck, anything’s better than no content, right. Besides, we’re all friends here…

Just before heading off for the Christmas/New Year break, and after a few email conversations with the Formation Director and a certain amount of pondering, I submitted an application to [St. Raphael the Archangel Theological Seminary](http://www.johannite.org/vocations.html) to enter their priesthood formation programme.

What this means, is that I undertake a four year distance education programme which, all things being equal, ends with me becoming ordained as a priest in the [Apostolic Johannite Church](http://www.johannite.org/index.html).

Yep, a [Gnostic](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosticism) priest. Possibly not as great a surprise as all that to people that know me.

For the moment though, I am what is called colloquially among the brothers and sisters in the seminary a “Gneuby”, gleefully reading the early history of the church and trying to drag myself into writing the several essays that make up my first batch of assignments.

Not certain what else to say. Drop some questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer.

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11 responses to “A new Gneuby…

  1. Congratulations, thats wonderful, perhaps not a surprise. Though the form of it is, I’d like to learn more. Any better links about gnostic thought than the pedia? Again, congrats!

  2. Congratulations, thats wonderful, perhaps not a surprise. Though the form of it is, I’d like to learn more. Any better links about gnostic thought than the pedia? Again, congrats!

  3. Thanks, Chris!

    I found the AJC via Fr Jordan and he’s got some great stuff on the basics of Gnosticism. Check out the links under the Getting Started heading at his blog

  4. Thanks, Chris!

    I found the AJC via Fr Jordan and he’s got some great stuff on the basics of Gnosticism. Check out the links under the Getting Started heading at his blog

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  6. so what are you going to do with your freshly minted ordination, once youve got it?

  7. so what are you going to do with your freshly minted ordination, once youve got it?

  8. Well, the plan is that during the formation programme, I start to develop a local community group with a spiritual practice, study and ritual component. At some point in the programme I go to Canada and get ordained a Deacon, so I come back and minister to that community as a Deacon. Once I make it through the programme, I get ordained a Priest and then I act as a priest to that community.

    A bit obvious, I suppose. What I’d like to do with the community is slowly move it from being a study group to being an actual church: we make links to other religious groups, we do community work as well as our own spiritual practice.

    Some where in there, I need to find someone who’ll loan us a chapel for services.

    As well as all that, I’d like to be fairly active in inter-religious dialogue in Sydney. Putting a Gnostic voice next to the Anglicans and the Catholics, to trouble a few of the simplifications that this sort of thing seems prone to.

    In terms of the community, I see the importance of the role in terms of the sacraments – actually doing the rituals and also acting as a sort of spiritual coach.

    Not sure if that’s the answer you were after. If not, let me know.

  9. Well, the plan is that during the formation programme, I start to develop a local community group with a spiritual practice, study and ritual component. At some point in the programme I go to Canada and get ordained a Deacon, so I come back and minister to that community as a Deacon. Once I make it through the programme, I get ordained a Priest and then I act as a priest to that community.

    A bit obvious, I suppose. What I’d like to do with the community is slowly move it from being a study group to being an actual church: we make links to other religious groups, we do community work as well as our own spiritual practice.

    Some where in there, I need to find someone who’ll loan us a chapel for services.

    As well as all that, I’d like to be fairly active in inter-religious dialogue in Sydney. Putting a Gnostic voice next to the Anglicans and the Catholics, to trouble a few of the simplifications that this sort of thing seems prone to.

    In terms of the community, I see the importance of the role in terms of the sacraments – actually doing the rituals and also acting as a sort of spiritual coach.

    Not sure if that’s the answer you were after. If not, let me know.

  10. that was just the answer i was after 🙂

    gambatte!

  11. that was just the answer i was after 🙂

    gambatte!

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