Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Adventures of Nimon

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Adventures of Nimon

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Adventures of Nimon. By Raymond Hoche-Mong. (Montara, California; privately published, 2016, vol. 1, pp. xiii, 596; vol. II, pp. xiii, 564. $39.98.)

Why does the autobiography of a relatively obscure Episcopal worker-priest merit reading a review? The narrow answer is that he did doctoral work about liturgy as art, while chairing a diocesan liturgical commission, and being in contact with the Standing Liturgical Commission which brought the 1979 Book of Common Prayer to fruition. Also, he was a prime mover in constructing the Easter Vigil in that book. A wider answer is that he includes reflections on personal faith, art and aesthetics, the ministry of the church, the nature of God, and the meaning and purpose of life from the perspective of a skilled process theologian.

This is an odyssey in which a mildly adventurous Cairo-born French child ended up being a highly analytical worker-priest in California. After some time as an Air Force pilot, his parish ministries included leading governmental anti-poverty work in Appalachia, and liturgical experimentation and implementation. His secular work with an international construction and engineering firm included world travels on behalf of airport construction, art projects, studies on the creation of small nation states, the planning of commercial technology clusters, laser technology, and other specialized projects. Throughout are private meetings with national leaders, presentations in international conferences, and reflections on politics, economics, creativity and invention, experiential education, and personal and business ethics. …

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