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.
Judith was born and raised in The Netherlands, and she moved into the Lunesdale Community in September 2017. After finishing school, she spent seven months as a volunteer for the Community of Taizé, out of which three were spent at Taizé itself, and the remaining four in Strasbourg to prepare for the 2013 Taizé European Meeting hosted by the community.
The following year Judith started a bachelor´s degree in Global Challenges at LUC The Hague, where she spent two years. Afterwards she spent a year working in a bookshop and taking a ceramics course. She hopes to eventually train herself professionally in this craft.
Her interests are amongst many others fine arts and crafts, reading, sustainability and philosophy.
Jordan studied Environmental Geography at the University of York, after which he spent nearly two years as a live-in assistant at the L’Arche Community in Manchester. He has recently finished studying River and Coastal Engineering at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). Jordan has volunteered in Lourdes, France, with the British Province of Carmelites, as part of the Catholic Association Pilgrimage and also as a
Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes Stagiaire. Jordan is engaged to Judith.