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October 23, 2017, 7:20 am
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stacked up
October 22, 2017, 12:11 pm
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After Mass, St Bede’s closed for essential maintenance until next Sunday morning.

October 21, 2017, 5:49 pm
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double points in heaven
October 18, 2017, 11:12 am
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There’s a very good blog by my friend Anna Olson in Los Angeles here on how Churches can cope creatively with the issues that having multiple community groups using your building throw up.

transforming love: wounded christ
October 14, 2017, 5:50 pm
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for Santa Teresa’s Day:
some thoughts on connections between Carmelite spirituality and estate ministry. Looking forward to thinking and praying more about this over the next months …

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Here is my paper from the Teresa Conference.  Comments welcome!

Transforming Love; Wounded Christ:

Some Teresian Insights into Estate Ministry

I am an Anglican parish priest, serving outer council estate parishes in Birmingham and have found the Carmelite mystics to be extremely nourishing in this ministry. Outer estates (or housing projects) are areas of social housing on the edges of our cities into which working class people were moved as the inner city slums were cleared in the twentieth century. They are areas often marked by multiple deprivation and poverty. People in them are resilient but often have low confidence and self-esteem. Good employment is hard to find, educational attainment can be low. The Church has historically tended to find it hard to make an impact on these places; congregations are often small.

This paper seeks to lay out some areas in which St Teresa seems to speak to my…

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October 13, 2017, 1:56 pm
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October 11, 2017, 6:43 pm
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Another excellent day of estates work, this time reflecting on thriving in ministry and what resources help us with colleagues from Lichfield. Definitely what I get up for in the morning. Reflection on all this to follow.