The Ethos at Ridley
Offering a distinctive ethos and majoring on the training of ordinands, we seek to respond faithfully and imaginatively to the fast-changing dynamics of Church and society, with an alertness to the British and wider global context.
The college is sometimes associated with an 'open' expression of evangelicalism. Labels can be both misleading and illuminating - and this is no exception! To some, the label of 'open evangelical' will suggest an evangelicalism that is 'open' in the sense of ill-defined or lacking conviction. That's not what we aspire to. Rather, for Ridley, open evangelical represents our desire for a confident sense of rootedness in evangelical commitments which at the same time seeks to engage constructively with other traditions and the world around us.
We are unashamedly evangelical in our commitment to the authority of Scripture, the need for personal faith, the uniqueness of Christ and the free gift of eternal life for humankind only through his death on the cross. We recognise the truth of orthodox Christian belief as expressed in the early Creeds of the Church.
We are 'open' in a number of ways:
- Open to God's work in other Christian traditions. Evangelicals do not have a monopoly on the truth, and through partnership and dialogue we seek to be open to learn from what God has done and is doing in other parts of his Church. This refers to other Christians in our own Western setting, but must also increasingly include the voices of our fellow believers in the Two-Thirds World.
- Open to the world around us. If we are to communicate the Gospel effectively we must be engaged in a process of 'double listening' to the Bible and to the world, hearing the questions and the insights of others around us, and working to hear the message of the scriptures in the light of this.
- Open to playing our full part within the Church of England. Following the lead set by the National Evangelical Anglican Congresses at Keele in 1967 and Nottingham in 1977, Open Evangelicals are committed to involvement in the structures of the Church of England and to making a significant constructive contribution to the direction of the Church's life.
- Open to engaging fully in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Open Evangelicals are fully committed both to the Anglican Communion and to the contribution that Evangelicals make within it.
- Open to God saying new things through the Bible by his Spirit. Being under the authority of scripture means we may need to be ready to change our mind as we understand more fully.
Ridley and the wider Church
Our core focus on the training of ordinands is integrated with innovative ventures, the most recent of which are the Simeon Centre for Prayer and the Spiritual Life and the Centre for Pioneer Learning. Many of our teaching faculty, who excel at teaching students, combine this with involvement in these Centres, and with contributing to the wider Church in other ways.
Ridley offers a dynamic formational context for training ordinands primarily within the Church of England. As an enterprising and well-located hub, with a vibrant residential community, the college is a world-class setting for theological engagement and learning and is a unique resource for the wider Anglican Communion.
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