Moule Day 2015 - a look back
This year’s Moule Day was a little different. Instead of hosting it within the grounds of Ridley Hall, we were able to use the Lady Mitchell Hall on the Sidgwick Site of the University of Cambridge which allowed us to invite many more people.
As usual, the event was well attended by alumni of Ridley Hall, but this year, we also had members of local churches and the general public attending who had seen the signs advertising Moule Day placed around the city.
The guest lecturer for the Moule Memorial Lecture was the Revd Dr Christopher Wright who treated us to a fantastic lecture on “Reading the Old Testament for Mission”. Dr Wright emphasized how we need to read the whole bible for mission, and then focused in on parts of the Old Testament explaining how its overall message reflects God’s mission plan for His world. Afterwards he answered some difficult questions from the audience, and he went on to introduce the work of Langham Partnership International and its ministry of Christian education.
Following the lecture, everyone was invited back to Ridley for tea and coffee and we were able to spend time mingling with those who had attended. As they have in previous years, Ridley’s Gospel Choir sang several songs. The event came to a conclusion with an update on Ridley from our Principal the Revd Canon Andrew Norman and a short presentation from Karen Bevan introducing a new initiative encouraging people to remember Ridley in their wills. As one who has done just that, Sylvia Percival spoke movingly of her experience living with her husband at Ridley many years ago when he trained for ministry. Whilst it was a very busy day for those preparing behind the scenes, it was warmly appreciated by all, and gave the Ridley community another chance to show our hospitality to our visitors.
Next year’s Moule Lecture will be on Wednesday the 8th of June, and our speaker will be the Rt Revd Mouneer Anis, Anglican Bishop of Cairo and Presiding Bishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East. He will be addressing the question of what we can learn from Christian and Muslim relations in Egypt.
Tim Madeley, Student Archdeacon