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The Soul
of Anglicanism


or Comprehension?


Join The Rev. Andrew Walmisley, PhD, as he presents a seven-part series on the Soul of Anglicanism. With meetings once per month over the course of seven months, Fr. Andrew will survey the history of Anglicanism while exploring its distinctive theological sources and unique characteristics. Is Anglicanism a tradition of compromise between Protestants and Catholics? Or one which comprehends elements of both as a “reformed catholic” tradition? This overriding question will become the lens for which to explore the distinctive characteristics of Anglican history, liturgy, sacrament, ecclesiology, and spirituality.


These presentations are free and open to the public, especially crafted for anyone who wishes to make an initial foray into the study of Anglicanism. All who are considering baptism, confirmation, or reception into The Episcopal Church would find Fr. Andrew’s presentations especially informative.


The series will be presented over seven consecutive months on Sundays from 1-2pm on April 7, May 5, June 9, July 7, August 4, September 8, and October 6. All presentations will be hosted in the St. Jerome Conference Room (second floor of the Retreat House). All sessions will be audio recorded and uploaded to the St. Columba’s website for distanced members or for those who may have a scheduling conflict with one of the sessions.


We look forward to seeing you there!


Session One 

A Brief Survey of Anglican History

April 7, 2024

The Rev. Andrew Walmisley, Ph.D.  The Rev. Dr. Andrew Walmisley was born in England and raised in California. He attended St. Columba’s often as a teenager in the early 70s and here his priestly vocation was nurtured. After studying Theology at Exeter and Cambridge, England, he was ordained at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and has served in parishes and schools in Tunis, London, Portola Valley, San Francisco, San Mateo, New York, Redwood City, Berkeley, and Maui. He holds an M.A. in Byzantine History and a Doctorate in Maui History and is in the midst of writing a History of Maui. Currently, he is serving as Associate Priest at St. Columba’s and lives with his husband, Jonathan Allen, in Point Reyes. They have two grown children, Mary, a veterinary student in Scotland and Luke, in the school of hospitality management at the University of Hawai’i. Fr, Andrew is passionate about the Anglican tradition and its potential as a Christian path to inspire and engage all who seek a poetic, contemplative, and open-hearted faith journey.

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