James Ishmael Ford is a well known and well-loved figure in both Unitarian and American Zen Buddhist Circles. Prior to his roles as a Unitarian Universalist Minister and Zen Buddhist Roshi, he was an ordained priest and bishop within the Independent Sacramental Movement for several years.
During his ministry and interaction with the many clergy, orders and denominations within the Independent Sacramental Movement, he acquired and preserved many liturgies, rituals, booklets and publications from a wide spectrum of expressions of the Independent Sacrament Movement.
This archive, which we have named in his honour, has been digitized, organized and preserved here with his support. The Apostolic Johannite Church also wishes to acknowledge the assistance and care of Rev. Donald Donato in helping see that this archive is available for laity, clergy, historians and interested parties both within and without the Independent Sacramental Movement.
Organization of the archive
Because the bulk of the archive is made up of works published by ecclesiastical bodies within the movement, we have organized the material grouped by those bodies. There are a few cases where the logical category is an individual author – James Ford himself, Karl Pruter, Lewis Keizer – and a few texts which don’t fit any scheme neatly, which fall into the “Misc or Unknown” category.
Texts are presented in each category in an embedded PDF reader. The sizing of the reader is intended for reading on a laptop or desktop computer. The scans are difficult to render well on a small screen mobile device.
If you have any questions or feedback about the Archive or would like to request or donate any materials, please contact [email protected].
Presented in alphabetical order. Click each link to see the documents themselves. Where documents are sufficiently numerous or differing in nature for one organization (such as liturgies, newsletters, directories), these have been separated out by links at the top of their respective pages
Once on the page, note that scrolling within the reader scrolls the PDF document, to scroll the whole page you must position your pointer outside the reader.