Dr Eeva John, Director of Pastoral Studies, is leaving Ridley to take up the new post of Enabling Officer on the Teaching Document and Pastoral Advisory Group.
Following the February 2017 Group of Sessions, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued a letter on 16th February outlining their proposals for continuing to address, as a Church, questions concerning human sexuality. The Archbishops committed themselves and the House of Bishops to two new strands of work: the creation of a Pastoral Advisory Group and the development of a substantial Teaching Document on the subject.
In relation to this significant piece of work and after a period of discernment Dr Eeva John has agreed to accept the post of Enabling Officer - Teaching Document and Pastoral Advisory Group. She will leave the staff team at Ridley Hall in January 2018 but will continue to live on site in a College house. The College have begun the process of seeking someone new to take up the post of Director of Pastoral Studies and are excited about this opportunity to welcome a new member of the teaching and tutorial staff team.
Dr Eeva John said, ‘This is a new and unexpected direction and I am thankful for a growing sense of vocation in it. The task fills me with excitement and trepidation – as well as sadness at the prospect of relinquishing my role at Ridley Hall. I am thankful for the support and love of my colleagues and students – and will keep Ridley and its future in my heart and prayers.’
The Principal of Ridley Hall, the Rev Dr Michael Volland, said, ‘While we are sad to be losing a valued and esteemed colleague, we are delighted that the wider Church will benefit from Eeva’s vast experience and significant gifts. The role of Enabling Officer for the Teaching Document is an enormous responsibility and one which we pray will be fruitful for the Anglican Communion and indeed the whole Church. Eeva takes up this post with the full support and the on-going prayers of all at Ridley Hall.’