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May 20, 2018, 7:33 pm
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This has been a week.  In amongst all the good, “ordinary” local things in Brandwood and in Birmingham, some wonderful travelling.

A trip to south London to work with the folk at the Church Plant at Ackroydon Hall on the estate in Southfields.  A great time exploring the possibilities of Jesus Shaped People together, and for me some deep learning about other communities, other estates, other churches.  And beer.  And food.

Some time off in Rochdale with Mark and Wendy.  A couple of walks in the South Pennines


and time reflecting together on ministry, faith and life.

And then this morning to London again.


a visit first to Haringey to the Bernie Grant Arts Centre for the Churches Together Pentecost Service


and then to the very special Church on the Farm on Broadwater Farm to preach, to learn about this Church and its work and presence on this estate, to experience such vibrancy and love, and followed by the best goat and rice and chicken I have had the pleasure to eat.

Time now to catch up with myself and to reflect and pray properly on all this.


May 19, 2018, 1:50 pm
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Mark walking along the towpath of the Hebblewhite Navigation, Britain’s first narrow gauge canal

May 18, 2018, 3:41 pm
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Walking the Cotton Famine Road

walking with
May 16, 2018, 4:19 pm
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Looking through some old notes

Discipleship defined as

Walking with Jesus on purpose

Seems like a great definition of pilgrimage too. What do you think?

May 14, 2018, 3:11 pm
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I don’t know who this photo is by (hope it’s OK to use it here) (and the windmill doesn’t look very La Mancha) but I would be tilting at windmills if I passed a sign like that …

happy ascension day
May 10, 2018, 3:51 pm
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Edward Burne Jones

St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham

anglican chaplaincy in santiago – starting!
The Anglican Chaplaincy in Santiago de Compostela gets underway this Sunday.
Full details are here:

Seasonal – Because, at least this year, this chaplaincy will only be offering its services during May/June and September/October 2018. Depending on how this pilot project works out, offers will be expanded in the years to come.

Anglican-led – Because the project originated among members of the Church of England, but ALL are welcome, both as visitors and as volunteers.

Camino – Because our main focus is on pilgrims, but the door is equally open to other visitors to Santiago and expats that live in the area.

Church of England (Diocese in Europe) – That is the ecclesiastical jurisdiction we operate under, or, in simpler words, the Anglican bishop in Europe, his suffragan bishop and staff

The first priest serving in this pilot project is the Revd Liska Stefko from Toronto (Anglican Church of Canada) who works both in parish ministry and as Pastoral Minister to L’Arche, see www.larche.org. She has walked her first Camino in 2014 and gives part of her sabbatical to our project.

Alan Pearce, fellow pilgrim, hospitalero in Rabanal/Miraz and volunteer in several Camino projects. A retired horticulturist and a licensed lay minister (lay reader) in the Anglican Church of Australia for the last 25 years, he has walked his first Camino in 2008.

These two are the first, but several others will follow in their foot steps and we will introduce them when the time comes.

What we offer

During the first year of the chaplaincy (13th May – 27th June 2018 // 2nd September – 23rd October 2018) there will be an Eucharist every Sunday and a more informal Eucharist every Wednesday.

The Sunday Eucharist will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Parador Hotel (Hostal dos Reis Catolicos) here in Santiago. The hotel is giving us the free use of the lovely “Sala (salon) San Marcos” and the director told us “we are happy to do this for you, as this building has such a long history of caring for pilgrims”.

During the week there will be several events at Egeria House where the volunteers are also staying during the project:


Open Breakfast Door – As we volunteers need to breakfast anyway, we will keep the door open from Monday to Friday from 08:00 – 09:30 to share with the pilgrims that come by what we have ourselves for breakfast. There is no program per se, just good old fashioned practical hospitality.

The door will be also open each weekday afternoon from 15:00 – 18:00 (Wednesdays longer). Most of the time we simply offer a “drop-in, have a cup/glass of something and a chat with us about your Camino or whatever you like to chat about”.

At 17:00 each weekday we then invite people to join us for a “Journey Prayer” – a form of reflection about the Camino and its impact on us all. This Journey Prayer will take different forms depending on who is present.

On Wednesday we invite you to an informal Eucharist “around the table” followed by a simple, shared meal. Which brings me to a text that has spoken a lot to us, the members of the “starting team”:

“We saw a stranger yesterday.
We put food in the eating place,
Drink in the drinking place,
music in the listening place.
And with the sacred name of the triune God
He blessed us and our house,
Our cattle and our dear ones.
As the lark says in her song:
Often, often, often, goes the Christ
In the stranger’s guise.”​

If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, we are still looking for lay volunteers for September/early October 2018, but we already have “priestly coverage” for the whole time of the project in 2018. If you like to volunteer in either position in 2019, or in the following years, or if you simply want to keep up to date with this new chaplaincy and what it offers, more details here: http://egeria.house/chaplaincy/ All volunteers need to have walked at least one Camino!

The above link is also the best one to share with your local Camino association, Facebook group and the like, if you want to help to get the word out.

And obviously we are very grateful for any prayer, good thoughts/wishes and general expressions of support.