Sanford “Sandy” Brown is a writer, pilgrim walker, and progressive activist from Seattle, Washington USA. His popular guidebook for Cicerone Press called The Way of St Francis: From Florence to Assisi and Rome, leads pilgrims on a fantastic trail through scenic, cultural, religious and historical treasures in Central Italy. He currently serves as Lead Pastor of the Edmonds United Methodist ChurchEdmonds United Methodist Church, was formerly senior pastor of the historic First United Methodist Church in Seattle and executive director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle. During vacations since 2008 he has walked over 7500 kilometers along the routes of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela and Via di Francesco. His new guidebook on the Camino Francés is currently in production and will be published in January 2020 by Cicerone Press. In summer of 2019 he begins research for a new guidebook on the majestic Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome. Here is a list of his past walks:
- Camino Frances 2008 (St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago)
- Via de la Plata 2010 (Puebla de Sanabria to Santiago)
- Camino Frances 2011 (St Jean Pied de Port to Finisterre)
- Camino del Norte 2012 (Bilbao to Santiago)
- Via di Francesco 2013 (Assisi to Rome)
- Via di Francesco 2014 (Florence to Assisi to Rome)
- Via di Francesco tour 2015 (Florence to Assisi to Rome)
- Via di Francesco (Florence to Rome) and Via Francigena (Piacenza to Rome) 2016
- Via Francigena 2017 (Lausanne to Piacenza)
- Camino de Santiago 2018 (SJPP to Santiago to Finisterre/Muxia)
- Camino De Santiago 2019 (SJPP to Santiago on bicycle)
Under the screename HuskyNerd, Sandy served as moderator for the Camino Forum, one of the largest online Santiago pilgrim Internet forums in English. A recent collection of his sermons is available for the Kindle and iCloud. He is married to Theresa Elliott, a yoga master teacher in Seattle and has two grown sons. In addition to trekking on the Camino, Sandy enjoys piano, sailing, and watching great movies.
Sandy’s activism has included leadership in the fight against homelessness, where he helped found the Committee to End Homelessness in King County. As part of his work against gun violence he served as founding president for the board of the Center for Gun Responsibility, serves on the Steering Committee of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility and was honored by Washington Ceasefire as 2013 Citizen of the Year. He was a key leader in the successful passage of I-594 in Washington State in 2014. He also worked on the campaign for marriage equality in Washington State and relaxation of proscriptions against same sex marriage in the United Methodist Church.
This blog shares his pilgrimage tips, reflections and stories. Buen camino!