The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (The Episcopal) Church

Title of book or publication
“The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (The Episcopal) Church”
The Rev. Jordan Haynie Ware
Church Publishing Incorporated
Month and Year of Publication
February 2017
Description or summary
What do Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Settlers of Catan have in common with the Episcopal Church? For self-proclaimed geek and ordained priest Jordan Haynie Ware the parallels between geek culture and the Church were obvious:

“Christians thirst for adventure, have a sense of destiny, and desire to participate in something bigger than oneself as much as any questing gamer. The geek’s obsessive need to understand how something works, to read the manual, to build a complex vocabulary that explains precisely what’s going on, these are traits that particularly the Episcopal tribe of Christians have in spades.”

The challenge facing newcomers to either the Episcopal Church or geek culture is breaking through the barriers of unfamiliar language, ritual, and symbolism. “The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (The Episcopal) Church” introduces the basics of Episcopal theology and practice through the lens of gaming culture.

Drawing on the language of official millennial geekdom, “Jordan brings the history of the Anglican and Episcopal Church forward, making it readily accessible and understandable to a whole new generation of seekers,” says Mary Foster Parmer, director of Gathering of Leaders and creator of InviteWelcomeConnect. “Using the language of this new generation, we are invited to connect to a universe of reconciliation, redemption, and sacred adventure. There is a longing for connection in each of us, and Jordan offers the geeks among us a clever, whimsical, and adventurous way forward.”

Ware’s light and funny style make the impenetrable mysteries of theology, liturgy, and church history accessible for all readers whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or Star Trek or neither one.

Rev. Ware, director of youth & young adult ministry at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, has spent the last six years studying and interacting with youth and young adults who are either in church or seeking church

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