Having first visited places like Iona and Taizé as a teenager, Andrew lived and worked for a time as a part of the community of young volunteers in the Taizé Community, in France. He subsequently lived in Finland for ten years, where he was actively involved in the Anglican Church in Finland, and various ecumenical circles. Andrew’s first degree is in computing, and he has recently completed a Master’s degree in Religious Studies at Lancaster University. His final research combined his dual interests in IT and religion, in a dissertation entitled “The Open Source Movement and Religious Experience on the Internet”. Andrew enjoys listening to live music (progressive rock, folk, classical), reading and walking.
Anna grew up in Finland in the Lutheran Church, and was ordained deacon in 2002. After relocating to England, her day job is currently in student welfare at Lancaster University International Study Centre. She also sees people at home as a trained spiritual director and acts as secretary to the Cumbria Ecumenical Spirituality Group. She has two secondary school aged children. Anna’s interests include reading on spiritual growth and the contemplative life, walking, cycling and baking.
James studied outdoor education at the University of Derby in 2012 and works currently in the care industry with young people, where he enjoys taking them out in the nature on adventures. In addition to his passion for outdoor pursuits (caving, paragliding etc.) he helps with the local scout group and is learning French. James is active in the Valley Church which started meeting in Halton in 2017.