Ian Adams

Contact information:

The Revd Ian Adams

Roles at Ridley:

Tutor in Pioneer Learning and PC3 Context-based Training

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Ian teaches Pioneer Learning and Context-based Training at Ridley and in the Federation.

He has a particular interest in finding words, images and rituals that may enable the Jesus possibility to be encountered in a fast changing world. A favourite metaphor for Ian comes from the world of jazz, which continues to be discovered through the playing of visionaries who are both deeply in love with the tradition, and always innovating to allow the music to unfold and expand.

Ian is passionate about the need for nurturing lives rooted in love for God, for neighbour and for the earth. Attention, stillness and prayer are, he suggests, the essential foundations for such a life. As we explore this path we may rediscover our deep union with God, our at-oneness with all, and a renewed desire to help reshape the world for good.

Brutality all
around; softening begins
here, pebbles rolled smooth.

- from Unfurling poems

Roles outside Ridley

Ian is a poet, writer, photographer and retreat leader. He is Mission Spirituality Adviser to Church Mission Society, and a Fresh Expressions Associate. He is the creator of the daily Morning Bell on social media, partner in the Beloved Life project and co-director of StillPoint.

Personal background

Ian trained at Ridley Hall in the 1990s and was a curate and team vicar in the Diocese of Oxford. In 2004 he co-founded and led the experimental Anglican community mayBe. He was a tutor and chaplain at CYM Oxford 2007-2009 and subsequently taught at CYM Bristol and Cambridge. From 2009 to 2015 Ian was Missional Community Developer at CMS. From 2011 to 2013 he co-taught the Fresh Expressions Mission Shaped Ministry course in Devon, and regularly teaches on mission and spirituality for churches and dioceses. Since the publication of Unfurling Ian has been performing these 'poems of life, love and faith' in churches, cathedrals, cafes, pubs and festivals.


Canterbury Press

*also Liturgical Press USA 2010

Church House Publishing


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