Saturday, 9 August 2003

Who we are

Thinking Anglicans is initially the work of three people. We have invited a number of others to join us and will list them here in due course.

Simon Kershaw was born in Warwickshire, read Physics at Wadham College, Oxford, and since then has worked in the computer software industry for a variety of companies.
Married with two adult children, he now lives in St Ives near Cambridge. He has contributed to a number of publications, including A Companion to Common Worship, vol 1 (SPCK 2001, edited by Professor Paul Bradshaw), Come to the Feast (Canterbury Press 2001, by Gill Ambrose and Simon Kershaw), and Exciting Holiness, second edition (Canterbury Press 2003), and compiled Common Worship: Daily Eucharistic Lectionary for Canterbury Press. He is a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England, and is a lay Canon of Ely Cathedral.

Simon Sarmiento was born in Sheffield and graduated in Industrial Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is now retired from a major British software company, where he served for a decade as personnel director and later as head of internal IT.
Married with four grown-up children, he worked in the USA for a while, and lived in St Albans Hertfordshire from 1971 to 2014 where he worshipped at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of Saint Alban. He is part of the team that publishes Anglicans Online and has been a consultant to Church House Publishing. He now lives in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

Peter Owen was born in Southend-on-Sea, read Mathematical Physics at Birmingham University and has a DPhil in Astrophysics from Sussex University. He taught mathematics in higher education for thirty years before taking early retirement in 2000.
He lives in the suburbs of Liverpool and is a worshipper and former churchwarden at St Luke’s Church in Crosby. He is part of the team that publishes Anglicans Online. Outside the church, he chaired an NHS Research Ethics Committee for seven years is now a member of the Greater Manchester West Committee. He was a member of General Synod from 1995 to 2005.

David Walker was born in Lancashire, brought up in Yorkshire, studied and researched in Mathematics at Kings College, Cambridge until being accepted as a Church of England ordinand by the Bishop of Ely in early 1980. Having studied Theology at Birmingham under David Ford and Frances Young, he then spent 17 years in parochial and industrial chaplaincy ministry in the Diocese of Sheffield. In November 2000, he became Bishop of Dudley in the Diocese of Worcester. Sue (who teaches at a pupil referral unit) and he have two teenage children, three cats and three ferrets. They are both Franciscan tertiaries. He has an interest in social policy and governance issues and is active in various housing charities.

Paul Roberts is vicar of two parishes in Bristol. He has taught liturgy and doctrine at Trinity College, Bristol and was a founder of Resonance, an alternative worship collective. He also co-hosts He is a member of the General Synod.

Tom Ambrose studied Arts, then Geology, at Sheffield University. The fruits of his research in Northern Spain contributed to Spanish Geological Survey maps. He trained for ordination at Emmanuel College Cambridge and Westcott House. After six years in parishes in Newcastle Diocese he returned to Cambridgeshire. For 6 years he was Director of Communications for the Diocese of Ely, and joined the Churches Advertising Network.
He is married to Gill, and they have two grown up children. Gill is editor of Roots, a member of General Synod and the Liturgical Commission, and is the author of books on Children’s and Youth work. With Simon Kershaw she wrote Come to the Feast (Canterbury Press 2001, by Gill Ambrose and Simon Kershaw).

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I have just discovered this site. I think it will be of great benefit. We are doing all too little thinking in our Church at present.

Thank you


Posted by: William de Villiers on Thursday, 21 August 2003 at 6:16pm BST

Very helpful addition to the quest for the fulfilling of the Anglican Communion - the truth shall make you free. Jn 8.32

Posted by: Jim Rosenthal on Saturday, 30 August 2003 at 9:21pm BST

I discovered a link to your site at Anglicans Online. Thank you for taking the time to put this site together. I look forward to reading your thoughts. I am not sure if this is "painful" time for our communion -- that word was bandied around the most here in the United States during ECUSA's recent General Convention -- but it is certainly a confrontational time. God help us through the anger and the bile, we his difficult but loved followers that make up his church.

Posted by: Don Temples on Thursday, 4 September 2003 at 10:11pm BST

Happy to find you through Anglicans Online!

Posted by: Jay Vos on Friday, 5 September 2003 at 7:08am BST

Just when things looked grim (with all the news about Anglicanism being focused on negativity) along comes this precious weblog. I shall read you regularly and willingly... You might also be interested in the (very embryonic) "":

Posted by: Simon Barrow on Wednesday, 1 October 2003 at 7:59pm BST

Greetings from across the Pond. I too initially found my way over here from Anglicans Online (upon which I have faithfully relied for a year now).

I am new to the blog world, but I have been most impressed w/ your efforts here. I am curious though: compared to the internet discussion list (with which I am far more familiar), is this blog essentially unmoderated, as an act of faith? What would happen if a poster---or a large number of posters---should disagree w/ the blog's fundamental premise? Is a blog understood as a public square (like Usenet), or an affinity group? I respect what seems to be an open, unmoderated premise---unlike the recent shindig of the (erstwhile?) Episcopalians of the AAC, w/ their Statement of Faith requirement for admittance. However, I am concerned with what could happen (has happened?) if someone(s) refused to play by the rules. If some fools say "there is no God" (Ps. 14), others may call themselves "Thinking Anglicans" when they're actually Bible-fetishists w/ a veneer of Anglophilia.

As this site has been created in hope, however, I'll try to share the same. Blessings!

Posted by: J. Collins Fisher on Saturday, 25 October 2003 at 8:11am BST

After reading your article describing President Bush's visit it became clear that we in the U.S. suffer from following power blindly.
I am glad I found your web site and look forward to your writings.
May your advent be blessed and peaceful.
Tony Steve

Posted by: Tony Steve on Thursday, 27 November 2003 at 12:20pm GMT

To read a Marilyn Adams sermon after dealing with literalism of the Albany Diocese... There really is a God!

Posted by: margaret fletcher on Saturday, 14 February 2004 at 2:23am GMT