Moule Day 2023: the annual gathering for Ridley alumni and supporters
Featuring the 16th C.F.D. Moule Memorial Lecture
"A Mucky Business: Should Christians Get Involved in Politics?"
with guest speaker Tim Farron MP
Moule Day 2023 will be held on Wednesday June 7th, and we are delighted that Tim Farron, Member of Parliament and former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has accepted our invitation to deliver the 16th C. F. D. Moule Memorial lecture. He will be speaking on: "A Mucky Business: Should Christians Get Involved in Politics?"
The annual lecture is part of a day of fellowship for Ridley alumni and supporters - affectionately known as "Moule Day" after the late much-loved C.F.D. "Charlie" Moule, former Vice-Principal of Ridley Hall.
There will be ample opportunity to meet current staff and students and to catch up with old friends and colleagues, as well as to see for yourself the recent improvements to the college site aimed at making the college more accessible to those with mobility issues.
Tickets for the day, which include refreshments and a buffet lunch prepared by our Executive Head Chef Howard Milton and his team, cost £20 per person. Click the 'BUY TICKETS' button to purchase your ticket now. Bookings close at midnight on Sunday 21st May 2023.
- The day at a glance
11.00am Arrival and refreshments on the lawn; time to catch up with friends, meet current staff and students 12.30pm Buffet lunch 1.30pm Principal’s address followed by the 16th C.F.D. Moule Memorial Lecture, "A Mucky Business: Should Christians Get Involved in Politics?" delivered by Tim Farron MP, former leader of the Liberal Democrats. 2.50pm Close
Car parking is very restricted at Ridley, and we are unfortunately not able to offer parking on the day. We recommend using Cambridge's excellent Park & Ride service. For more information on this and off-site parking, see our Parking page.
Requests for a disabled parking place
If you have mobility issues and would like to request one of a limited number of disabled parking places on site, there will be an opportunity to do this during checkout when you buy tickets. Please note that a place cannot be guaranteed but we will contact you to confirm before the day.
- About the featured lecture
About the lecture
"A Mucky Business: Should Christians Get Involved in Politics?" by Tim Farron MP
Many Christians are nervous about politics. Isn't the political world murky and sleazy, a den of deceit and backstairs deals? At the same time, the image of Christians in politics isn’t great either. Does this mean that faith and politics should be kept firmly apart?
Tim will explore and defend why Christians should, and must, get involved in politics. Our call is to love our neighbours. Politics is not just a calling for a few Christians, it’s for all Churches and all congregations. We should approach it wisely, equip ourselves well, pray knowledgeably, and care deeply, because it doesn’t just solve practical needs – it’s evangelism.
If you find politics interesting, you should come. If you want to run a million miles from politics, you should definitely come!
About the speaker
Tim Farron was elected Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale in 2005. He became President of the Liberal Democrats during the Party’s time in coalition government and then succeeded Nick Clegg as Party Leader in 2015, leading the Party through the 2016 EU referendum and the 2017 snap general election.
He’s still working tirelessly for his constituents, but Tim directs any ‘spare’ time he has towards encouraging Christians to get involved in politics, and speaking into political issues from a Christian perspective. His podcast ‘A Mucky Business’ has surpassed 70 episodes, and his book of the same title is released on November 17th.
He lives on the edge of the Lake District with his wife Rosie, and has four children - Izzie, Gracie, Jude and Laurie. He describes himself as a fourth rate fell-runner, a long-suffering Blackburn Rovers supporter and a pop music anorak.
- About C.F.D. "Charlie" Moule
About C.F.D. Moule
The Moule Memorial Lectures have been held annually in memory of New Testatment scholar Charles Moule since his death in 2007. Charles Moule was the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity from 1951 to 1976; having trained for ordination at Ridley he later became Ridley Hall's Vice-Principal.
Moule's contribution to New Testament scholarship is still felt today by students of the Theology Tripos, for whom Moule's text 'The Origin of Christology' is a key text in any course on Christology.