St. Andrew's Church Mt. Pleasant

Ridley Institute: We Rejoice in Our Sufferings: Learning from the Witness of the African Church

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope...” (Rom. 5:3–4)

Why is it that those who have experienced tremendous suffering can also carry with them great depths of joy? What are some of the reasons for resiliency of faith seen in those who have walked through great pain but still wholeheartedly affirm the goodness of God? During this intensive we will get to know a community of inspiring Christians living in extreme poverty in Nairobi, Kenya. We will learn from their resilient faith and personal experience of God’s presence. We hope each participant will leave filled with hope in the power of God’s presence in the midst of human suffering.



The Rev. Dr. Erin Clifford hails from Washington, DC. A Church of England priest and passionate activist for the poor, she has lived for many years in East Africa and London. Currently, Erin serves as Director at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Center for Spiritual and Missional Formation. Erin received her Doctorate of Missiology from Fuller with a focus on theology of suffering, having previously received her MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Erin is a board member for New Wineskins Missionary Network and has previously served with International Justice Mission and Holy Trinity Brompton (London).

  • Friday February 26 & Saturday February 27 

  • Friday: 6:30-8:00 pm, Saturday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Cost: $15 

  • In-Person participation (mask required and seating is socially distanced)

  • Registration Deadline Tuesday Feb 23

2/26/2021 6:30 PM - 2/27/2021 12:30 PM
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