Have you ever struggled to describe something you love?
Sure, it’s usually quite easy to do so, at least when you’re talking with someone who also loves that same thing. But what about when they don’t love it — at least not yet?
If that’s the case, then whether it’s your favorite athlete’s performance, or the intricacies of your profession, not having the words to describe something important to us is a frustrating experience.
As a Rookie Anglican, I’ve been there. On the spot, talking with a friend or a relative, it can be difficult to describe just what it means to be an Anglican Christian.
“No, we don’t worship angels.”
“Yes, we’re catholic, but no, we’re not Roman Catholic.”
“No, I’m sorry, but I forget why the bishops wear those funny hats…”
On it goes. And sure, there are plenty of resources out there about Anglicanism — but some are hard enough to track down, much less to give to a curious college roommate or an anxious aunt!
Let’s be honest, for all of Anglicanism’s strengths, it can still come off as inaccessible. After all, we’ve got a long history and a complicated liturgy. Throw in some colorful vestments and some odd ritual gestures, and it’s tempting to head for the door!
Wouldn’t it be nice to have clear ways of describing Anglicanism, both for ourselves and others?
Wouldn’t it be great to have a collection of shareable resources about life within the Anglican tradition?
My name is Joshua Steele, and I created Rookie Anglican to make Anglicanism more accessible.
This is a community of those interested in making the riches of the Anglican tradition available to the widest possible audience.
What is a “Rookie Anglican”?
Being a “Rookie Anglican” is about more than how long you’ve been an Anglican or how much you know about Anglicanism.
That is, “Rookie Anglicans” aren’t “inexperienced” or “amateur.”
Instead, we’re humble.
As we mine the riches of our own tradition, we are always mindful of both newcomers and outsiders.
Why? Because, we’re all rookies trying to follow King Jesus. We’re all beggars in search of bread (and wine).
We Need Your Help!
If you’re interested in making Anglicanism accessible, there are
some three things you can do right now to help us.
1. READ & SHARE Rookie Anglican Content
The Three Most Recent Rookie Anglican Posts:
To access all Rookie Anglican posts, go here.
2. FOLLOW Rookie Anglican
3. WRITE for Rookie Anglican
That’s write, we’re always looking for new submissions at Rookie Anglican!
If you’re interested in writing for us, please send me your idea and/or rough draft using the contact form below. You could write about:
- Your Story: How you became an Anglican, and what people/resources helped you.
- Reviews and Recommendations: What are the best resources on Anglicanism out there? Bonus points if you write a review for one of these recommended resources.
- Guides to the following topics, or related sub-topics:
- Anglican History
- Anglican Theology
As long as it has to do with Making Anglicanism Accessible, we’re quite flexible on topic, length, etc.