The Anglican Communion and Ridley
Ridley's focus on world engagement is pursued through deep and continually widening links across the worldwide Anglican Communion. Our Principal, Andrew Norman, drawing on his experience as the Archbishop of Canterbury's Principal Secretary for International, Ecumenical and Anglican Communion Affairs, is breathing fresh energy into this commitment to the global Church.
Our commitment to the world Church exposes our students to a wide range of perspectives, while at the same time allowing us to serve the wider Church and to make our resources available to the Anglican Communion in a number of ways.
From the world to Ridley
We raise bursaries to bring visiting scholars and senior clergy to Ridley from around the Anglican Communion for study leave and postgraduate courses. In recent years we've welcomed clergy and scholars from Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda. Our sabbatical programme likewise draws clergy from across the Communion, and in particular from the United States and Australia.
As a college we seek to be aware of current issues in the worldwide Church, and Ridley has been pleased to host Anglican Communion dialogues and working parties (such as the Covenant Design Group). We also invite senior Church leaders to speak to the community at Ridley. Past speakers have included the Most Revd John Chew during his time serving as Bishop of Singapore and Archbishop of the Province of Southeast Asia.
From Ridley to the world
Adrian Chatfield, Ridley's tutor in Christian Life and Thought, has written many distance learning programmes in use across the Communion, and is the author of Something in Common, an introduction to Anglicanism. Something in Common is one of the resources most widely used in teaching Anglican studies across the world, with translations now available in Spanish, Portuguese and Swahili, with French and Korean translations being currently made.
Adrian acted as Consultant to the Editor of The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality, which was produced as a resource for the 2008 Lambeth Conference. He and his wife Jill spent some years living and working in South Africa, and he maintains contact with the African context as External Examiner for the Theological Education by Extension College in Johannesburg, also acting as Commissary for the Diocese of Christ the King in Southern Gauteng.
Richard Kew, our Development Director, is an ordained priest who served in the Episcopal Church for 30 years, most recently in the Diocese of Tennessee, and he maintains many links in the United States and around the world. He has been recently honoured as Canon Missioner of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of our Lord, in the Diocese of Owerri, Nigeria.
We have developed particularly close links with the Diocese of Egypt, one of the college's Mission Partners. The Rt Revd Mouneer Anis, bishop of Egypt, has spent time here on study leave and has welcomed Ridley students to spend time on placement in the diocese.
Each year we have students who go on one-month Anglican placements in provinces around the world, which in recent years have included: South Africa, Egypt, Jerusalem and the Middle East, South East Asia, New Zealand, Australia, the West Indies, the Episcopal Church, and Canada.
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