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I'm a reference librarian at a public college in upstate NY. I wasn't raised in a religious home, but after many years (it's a long story!) I became a Christian in 1990 and was baptised in a Methodist church. I became quite active, eventually serving for 5 years as a "local pastor," a sort of lay minister. In 2002 my family and I left the Methodist church for Orthodoxy, specifically the OCA. Again, a long story, but I am very glad to be where I am now and hope to learn much from this site, and perhaps to make some contribution myself.

The "Guthlac" in my name is the saint's name I took at chrismation. Guthlac was a very well known saint in England in Anglo-Saxon times, and it so happens his hermitage, and the abbey subsequently built there, are in the town my ancestors emigrated from to the U.S. in the early 1800s.

Charlie C.