Ridley’s Director of Pastoral Studies, Eeva John, writes about her recent trip to South Sudan to support the establishment of a church university.
When Baptist minister Peter Baker wants to shut down a conversation quickly, he tells people he’s a Minister of Religion. But more frequently when asked his occupation he replies, ‘I’m in the communications industry’, adeptly summarising a primary purpose of the Church.
With almost daily reports of corruption, fraud, poor employment practices etc, the challenge and importance of making a difference by spreading the aroma of Christ in our workplaces has never been greater.
It began with a conversation with a friend who is a jazz musician. Our talk came round to the album Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. ‘You’ve got to listen to this’, he said.
Our annual ‘Ember list’ draws on a tradition of Ember Days, which were formely set aside by the Church for fasting and prayer, and considered especially appropriate for ordinations. With this pullout centrefold we invite you to pray for this year’s leavers, and their families, as they prepare for their future ministry, whether it be in the world of work or in parish or lay ministry.
Ridley Hall has been training children, family and youth workers since 1998, under the auspices of CYM. We are proud of all our graduates, the impact they have had on the lives of so many, and the professionalism with which they have gone about this task.
As part of its mission to equip the wider church for mission in the West and to encourage research, the Newbigin Centre has recently launched a website (newbiginresources.org) in partnership with the Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco.
The Ridley community are celebrating with six of our young people and two adults after a wonderful confirmation service.
When ordinand Claire Todd took on the infamous "Tough Mudder Challenge" she learnt about true teamwork, and even as she discovered her personal limitations of emotional and physical endurance she discovered they were well beyond her perceived limits.