WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Cole's first career was as an investment banker in London. Even more so to hear that he wrestled with his own faith in his teens and early adulthood. "There was a period where I lost my faith completely and didn't believe in anything," he said. Born and educated mostly in England, he spent five years of his childhood in Wilton, Connecticut because of his father's job. He com- pleted secondary school back in England, and he earned his under- graduate degree from the London School of Economics. During that period, he attended informal church services at the home of his godfather who was an Anglican priest. Everyone sat in a circle, and the sermon was more like a conversation, Robbins-Cole recalled. His godfather suggested he consider the ministry, and that began a period of discernment. Robbins-Cole said William Holman Hunt's allegorical painting, The Light of the World, captures his feelings from that period. Completed in 1853, the painting hangs in St. Paul's Cathedral in London. It presents the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an over- grown and long-unopened door. "The door has no handle," Robbins-Cole said, "it can only be opened from the inside." Robbins-Cole accepted that "knock" or "call" and attended semi- nary at Ripon College Cuddesdon in Oxford. He spent a year on exchange at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California where he met his wife Sarah, who is also an ordained Episcopal priest. After beginning their pastoral careers in England, the couple later moved to the States. Both were serving in Peterborough, New Hampshire when Adrian learned of the position in Wellesley. It seemed like a wonderful fit for the entire family. Sarah is now Protestant Chaplain at Wellesley College as well as Rector of Saint Michael's Church in Holliston. They have two teenage children and live in Wellesley and, like most families today, have many competing demands for their time. Robbins-Cole acknowledges that there are many competing priori- ties for people's energy and attention, especially Sunday mornings. But he believes strongly that communal worship and other church activities can help replenish one's soul after a long, full week of work, school, or home responsibilities. 82 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 Our Religous Leaders "Understanding and growing into one's beliefs is a life-long journey that is unique to each and every person." – T h e R e v e r e n d A d r i a n R o b b i n s - C o l e

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