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Nathan Bourne

Nathan Bourne is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and serves as rector of St. George’s Church in Durham, New Hampshire. He spent his childhood in rural western North Carolina, catching salamanders in creeks and wandering the ridges and ravines at the edge of an old family farm. He spent a few years in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he graduated from the University of the South, became obsessed with Latin binomials, and lived at a convent for a year. He holds an M. Div. from Yale Divinity School where he spent a lot of time foraging for mushrooms around New Haven. For his whole life, Nathan has felt closest to God in the wilderness. He finds himself living in New Hampshire, where he is still trying to figure out winter and is laughably bad at assessing the quality and stability of snow. He also loves running very long distances in the mountains, a hobby that his family tolerates. He has been desperate to get more sleep ever since he and his wife welcomed their first child in 2021.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. My daily run
  2. Good wool socks
  3. A podcast playing anywhere, anytime
  4. Overambitious adventures in the mountains
  5. The support and patience of my wife
  6. Quiet moments in an empty church
  7. Trees on the horizon
  8. Saturday afternoon procrastibaking
  9. Flannel-lined pants
  10. Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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