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, upon graduating from Newcastle University. He subsequently lived in Finland for ten years, where he was actively involved in the Anglican Church in Finland, and various ecumenical circles. These included the organisation Sinapinsiemen (“mustard seed”), the Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe and activities of the Finnish Ecumenical Council, including following the KETKO ecumenical training course.
Andrew has recently completed a Master’s degree in Religious Studies at Lancaster University. His final research combined his dual interests in IT and religion, writing a dissertation entitled “The Open Source Movement and Religious Experience on the Internet”, for which he was awarded the Ninian Smart Prize for the best Dissertation in Religious Studies.
Anna Walker 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, and she also sees people at home as a trained spiritual director. Anna acts as secretary to the Cumbria Ecumenical Spirituality Group. First and foremost however she sees herself as the mother of two secondary school aged children.
Anna’s interests include reading on spiritual growth and the contemplative life, walking, cycling and baking.