Andrew Brown

Andrew is a Unitarian minister with sympathies towards Christian atheism & religious naturalism. Communalist, member of DiEM25, jazz bassist, photographer, cyclist & walker. http://andrewjbrown.blogspot.co.uk

The best description of my overall philosophical position was articulated in 1956 by the philosopher Paul Wienpahl who wrote:

“As I see it, the point is not to identify reality with anything except itself. (Tautologies are, after all, true.) If you wish to persist by asking what reality is; that is, what is really, the answer is that it is what you experience it to be. Reality is as you see, hear, feel, taste and smell it, and as you live it. And it is a multifarious thing. To see this is to be a man without a position. To get out of the mind and into the world, to get beyond language and to the things is to cease to be an idealist or a pragmatist, or an existentialist, or a Christian. I am a man without a position. I do not have the philosophic position that there are no positions or theories or standpoints. (There obviously are.) I am not a sceptic or an agnostic or an atheist. I am simply a man without a position, and this should open the door to detachment” (“An Unorthodox Lecture”—1956).

Born in 1965 in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, Andrew originally trained as a musician. He went to Colchester Institute where he studied double bass with Tony Hougham (Principal Double Bassist at Covent Garden). Since then he has worked as a jazz and rock double and electric bassist playing and recording, most notably, with The Flanagan Ingham Quartet, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Chris Ingham and Jazz at the Movies. However, he has also played and/or recorded with, amongst others, Alan Clare, Tommy Whittle, Tal Farlow, Peter Erskine, Respectable Groove, Benny Green, Pete King, Alan Barnes, John Etheridge, Peter Oxley, Roger Beaujolais, Toni Kofi, Chris Garrick, Tina May, Trudy Kerr, Eddie Prevost, Lol Coxhill, Don Lusher and Jim Scott. He also spent a year off and on in France as a session player working with a variety of pop and jazz groups.

In July 2000 he obtained a first class degree in theology from Oxford University and in August of that year he became minister to the Memorial Church in Cambridge. Since taking up this post he has obtained his Masters degree in the field of Jewish-Christian Relations at The Woolf Institute, Cambridge.

Andrew has long been active in multi and interfaith fields both with bodies like the East of England Faiths Council and The Woolf Institute in their work for the Metropolitan Police and the National Health Service. In November 2007 he also chaired a NATO sponsored conference at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on the subject of “Engaging with Religion for Building Peace: The Experience of Afghanistan and Iraq.”

As a musician he continues to play and record and regularly accompanies British and American musicians at Headhunters Jazz Club in Bury St Edmunds.

Andrew has also published a number of articles on Unitarian hymnody, the theology of James Martineau and the thought of the philosopher John Henry Muirhead. His paper, "The freedom to be tomorrow what we are not today—becoming Free Spirits and Archeologists of Morning", for the 2016 "Sea of Faith" Conference can be found at the following link:

http://andrewjbrown.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/the-freedom-to-be-tomorrow-what-we-are.html

You can find out more about Andrew and his work as a minister and musician at his blog “CAUTE”:

http://andrewjbrown.blogspot.co.uk