Good Shepherd Induction
December 6, 2017
On the evening of Thursday, November 30, 2017 Bishop Jane led the induction service welcoming the Rev. Jordan Ware into a new ministry as rector of Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Edmonton. Rev. Ware comes to this new post from her home in the United States, bringing great warmth and enthusiasm. Following is a brief biography:
I am a native Texan who grew up United Methodist. While I still retain something of the Wesleyan character, my first Choral Evensong while studying abroad in London was enough to make me fall in love with Anglicanism forever.
I studied at Yale Divinity School upon my return from serving in the US Peace Corps in Ukraine. My first call was spent in my sponsoring diocese of Fort Worth. The diocese had gone through a schism in 2008, partially over the ordination of women, so I was one of the first women to be ordained priest there, and a new face for many in my parish.
I was blessed, while serving as the associate priest for youth and young adult ministry at All Saints' Episcopal Church, to lead youth on pilgrimage to Scotland and England, introduce new mission opportunities among the unsheltered homeless population in our city, and build formation and fellowship opportunities for parents of young children. I also supported the Episcopal Church by working in dialogue with the United Methodists toward a full communion agreement.
I have always maintained a ministry beyond the local community, through writing for Sermons That Work, The Real Word, and other online publications of the Episcopal Church. Earlier this year, I published The Ultimate Quest: A Geek's Guide to (the Episcopal) Church, a short introduction to Anglican theology and practice through the lens of sci-fi/fantasy pop culture, and my paper "Imago Dei and Fantasy Religions: Defeating Violence Against Women Throughout the Realms" will appear in the volume Gender Violence, Rape Culture, and Religion. I also co-host a feminist podcast for Bible enthusiasts called Two Feminists Annotate the Bible.
In my spare time, I play tabletop role-playing games with my husband and friends, train for half-marathons, and enjoy time with my retired racing greyhound.
I am thrilled to be a part of the Diocese of Edmonton and to serve the warm and welcoming community of Good Shepherd.