Eeva John honoured by Archbishop
In the months before Eeva John joined the staff team at Ridley, she became one of the first recipients of the Archbishop’s new Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship.
Eeva John honoured by Archbishop Welby for her 'vision of holistic formation'
Over the months since her appointment we have got to know Eeva well and very much recognise the person described by Archbishop Justin as he explains the background to the honour:
'The past few years have seen a transformation of theological education in the Church of England and its ecumenical partners: the creation of the Common Awards in theology, ministry and mission. The success of that transformation is in large part due to Eeva John.
'She drew on her deep knowledge of theological education, her wide prior experience, her passion for rich formational pedagogy, her phenomenal creativity, and her amazing reserves of patience, to enable the creation of this new national framework for theological education.
'Most strikingly, she displayed an unmatched ability to listen carefully to the many colleagues who would be affected by the change, to respond graciously to the vast numbers of their queries and suggestions, and to foster unexpected depths of conversation and collaboration between them. And yet she drew all of this unruly and complex material together into proposals of clear and elegant simplicity, with an attention to detail and to presentation that eased the jobs of everyone else with whom she was working on the innovative Common Awards scheme.
This award is given in recognition not just of the work that she has completed, but of the work that she continues to do, to hold all of those who are involved in theological education to this compelling vision.'
'Since completing her work as Common Awards Project Manager, she has continued her work as a theological educator. She holds out a vision of holistic formation, in which learners’ minds, spirits and bodies, their relationships and affections and responsibilities, are all caught up in the process of learning together, before God. This award is given in recognition not just of the work that she has completed, but of the work that she continues to do, to hold all of those who are involved in theological education to this compelling vision.'