Pilgrimpace's Blog

double points in heaven
October 18, 2017, 11:12 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

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
Filed under: Uncategorized

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 …

Pilgrimpace's Blog

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…

View original post 2,357 more words

October 13, 2017, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,


October 11, 2017, 6:43 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

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.

Carmelite Studies
October 10, 2017, 6:52 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Back from an excellent Estates Evangelism Conference, of which more later. Time for this now:

October 8, 2017, 1:57 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , ,


Brandwood End, 1838
October 7, 2017, 8:48 am
Filed under: Uncategorized


Before becoming part of the city of Birmingham in 1911 Brandwood End used to be part of Kings Norton Parish in the county of Worcestershire. Kings Norton Parish was divided into different Yields for tax reasons and Brandwood End was mostly in the Moseley Yield along with Moseley, Balsall Heath and Kings Heath.

Defining the boundaries of the Brandwood End map were a little tricky as the settlement has historically been considered as part of Kings Heath. For the purposes of the map the southern boundary has been defined as following Broad Lane and Tunnel Lane, including a small section of land within the Moundsley Yield up to Lifford Reservoir. The western boundary follows firstly the River Rea and then the (then) recently-constructed Birmingham and Gloucester Railway. The northern boundary was trickier, but in the end I decided to look at the land ownership to exclude areas owned by Trustees…

View original post 591 more words