About the writer

I’m a former newspaper editor and columnist who spent most of my professional life in newsrooms or classrooms in Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Vermont, Japan, and Maryland. I left academic preparation in the psychology of religion to devote myself to journalism. As a journalist, I have always had an interest in religion journalism–an interest that has eluded many newspaper editors and continues to do so. Now semi-retired, my part-time jobs have included teaching at a community college and work as a part-time information librarian in a county public library. I also do freelance editing and am a laboring poet (http://poetrybyara.wordpress.com).

An active Episcopalian confirmed in 1973 in the Diocese of Massachusetts, I have been a mentor for EfM (Education for Ministry, an international program administered by The University of the South in Sewanee, TN). I mentored in the Diocese of Maryland for about 12 years. After a break for retirement and relocation, I am again mentoring in Georgia and leading discussion classes in the Adult Formation Program of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta, Georgia.

And I’m working on improving my blogging.

My blog is intended to explore some of the spaces between religion, education, psychology, journalism, spiritual formation, and leisure with lots of philosophical, theological, and popular culture musings inserted with several whimsical reflections along the way.

I’m an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, who–as did I–began life in Brooklyn, New York.

I am the youngest of four children born to immigrants from Newfoundland, a fate that often forces me to confess I’m a closet Canadian who’s prone to lyrics from Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers, Joni Mitchell, Ann Murray, Leonard Cohen, and some old-timers such as Hank Snow, Wilf Carter, and Dick Nolan.

If you’re a first-time visitor to faith@ease, I urge you to read the opening post I wrote in 2007 that attempts to spell out what I’m seeking to encourage in this blog. You can get to it quickly in the sidebar archive for February 2007 or by clicking here. During the 11 years with this blog, my postings have leaned toward a greater focus on Christian Spirituality.

I will respond to all comments made to posts in this blog. (You can leave a comment by clicking the “Comments>>” item at the end of each post.)

I am also available via email at andrewsallan@comcast.net, but it may take some time for me to respond to emails.

–Allan Roy Andrews, Augusta, GA

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