Interfaith Placements for Ordinands
14 April 2015
The Woolf Institute and the Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC), both members of the Cambridge Theological Federation, have been working together to develop interfaith partnership in learning through Social Context Placements.
Rev Emma Rothwell, ERMC's Director of Practical Theology, approached Dr Emma Harris, Academic Coordinator at the Woolf Institute, with a view to arranging Social Context Placements for ERMC students who are training for the ministry. The 35-hour placement is designed to be integrative in its scope for learning and transformative. Interfaith placements create possibilities for broader engagement and learning, dialogue and empathy that the students will then carry forward into their own ministerial contexts.
We currently have three ERMC students on interfaith placements – Gina Radfford is working with the Woolf Institute's Mohammed Aziz and Austin Tiffany on the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life; Fiona Warner with Woolf Institute Programmes Manager, Sughra Ahmed, on Diversity in End of Life Care; and Nicola Bown is working with Dr Atif Imtiaz at the Cambridge Muslim College.
Emma and Emma are negotiating placements for the 2015-16 academic year - both social context and ecclesial.