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Laurie Green – bibliography

(As part of the NECN Estate Church Toolkit I am putting a number of resources on this blog that the Toolkit will link to)

Bishop Laurie Green has asked us to share the Bibliography from his excellent book Blessed are the Poor? Urban Poverty and the Church, SCM 2015 (if you have not read this, do – it is extremely good).


The Bibliography is here as a document:


or here:

Aldridge, Hannah, Kenway, Peter, MacInnes, Tom and Parekh, Anushree, 2012, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Anderson, Gary A., 2013, Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Applebee, Elaine, 2003, ‘Shaping a Changing Society’, in Vincent, J. J. (ed.), 2003, Faithfulness in the City, Hawarden: Monad Press, p. 164.

Bamfield, Louise and Horton, Tim, 2009, Understanding Attitudes to Tackling Economic Inequality, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Barrett, Al, 2013, Asset-Based Community Development: A Theological Reflection, London, CUF.

Barrett, Al and Delmege, Andy, 2011, Strengthening Estate Ministry – Thriving in Mission, Birmingham: Birmingham Diocese.

Baptist Union of Great Britain, Estates Group, 2000, Estate Gospel Agents.

Baptist Union of Great Britain, with Methodist Church, Church of Scotland and United Reformed Church, 2013, The Lies We Tell Ourselves: Ending Comfortable Myths about Poverty, a report.

BBC, 2012, ‘The growing demand for food banks in breadline Britain’, BBC Newsnight Blog, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19468697.

Big Issue, 16 July 2012, p. 19

Bochenski, Michael, 2000, Sent into All the World: Good News for the Housing Estates of Britain – a Journal, Published by the author.

Boerma, Conrad, 1979, Rich Man, Poor Man – and the Bible, London: SCM Press Ltd.

Bonino, José Míguez, 1983, Toward a Christian Political Ethics, London: SCM.

Brown, Wallace and Mary, The Hidden Poor, undated Report to the Diocese of Birmingham.

Browne, James and Hood, Andrew, 2012, A Survey of the UK Benefit System, London: Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Charlesworth, Martin and Williams, Natalie, 2014, The Myth of the Undeserving Poor: a Christian Response to Poverty in Britain Today, 2014, Guildford: Jubilee Plus Ltd & Guildford: Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd..

Church Urban Fund, 2011, ‘Area-Based Poverty’, Church Urban Fund Research Papers.

Church Urban Fund, 2012, ‘Bias to the Poor?’, Church Urban Fund Research Papers.

Church Urban Fund, 2012a, ‘Growing Church Through Social Action: a national survey of church-based action to tackle poverty’.

Coles, Bob, with England, Jude, with Ruff, Julie, 1998, Working with Young People on Estates: The Role of Housing Professionals in Multi-agency Work, York and Coventry: Joseph Rowntree Foundation & The Chartered Institute of Housing.

Dey, Gordon, 2014, Jesus Shaped People, www.jesusshapedpeople.net.

Field, Frank, and Thompson, Timothy, eds, 2014, Feeding Britain, a strategy for zero hunger in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. London: Children’s Society

Franks, Christopher, 2009, He Became Poor: The Poverty of Christ and Aquinas’ Economic Teachings, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Fitzpatrick, Suzanne and Stephens, Mark (eds), 2009, The Future of Social Housing, London: Shelter.

Green, Laurie, 1987, Power to the Powerless: Theology Brought to Life, Basingstoke: Marshall Pickering.

Green, Laurie, 1990, Let’s Do Theology: A Pastoral Cycle Resource Book, London: Mowbray.

Green, Laurie, 1995, ‘The Body: Physicality in the UPA’, in Peter Sedgwick (ed.), God in the City: Essays and Reflections from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Urban Theology Group, London: Mowbray, pp. 105ff.

Green, Laurie,1997, Jesus and the Jubilee – the Kingdom of God and Our New Millennium, London & Sheffield: Jubilee 2000 & UTU Press, New City Special No 11.

Green, Laurie, 2000, The Challenge of the Estates: Strategies and Theology for Housing Estate Ministry, London: Urban Bishops’ Panel & NECN Press.

Green, Laurie, 2003, Urban Ministry and the Kingdom of God, London: SPCK.

Green, Laurie, 2009, Let’s Do Theology: Resources for Contextual Theology, London: Mowbray.

Green, Laurie, 2013, ‘Liberation Theology and Urban Theology’, in Rowland, Chris and Vincent, John (eds), Liberation Theology for Church and Nation, Sheffield: UTU.

Green, Laurie and Baker, Chris (eds), 2008, Building Utopia? Seeking the Authentic Church for New Communities, London: SPCK.

Grindrod, John, 2013, Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain, Brecon, Old Street Publishing.

Hanley, Lynsey, 2007, The Estates: An Intimate History, London: Granta Books.

Hasler, Joe, 2006, Crying Out for a Polycentric Church: Christ Centred and Culturally Focused Congregations, Maidstone: Church in Society.

Hayes, John, 2007, Sub-merge: Living Deep in a Shallow World, Delight, AR: Gospel Light Publications.

Hazlehurst, Benny & Chapman, Chris, 2002, Do It Yourself Estate Kit, London: Southwark Anglican Diocese for NECN.

Hills, John, 2007, Ends and Means: The Future Roles of Social Housing in England, CASEreport 34, London: ESRC Research Centre for Analysis and Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics.

Government, 2013, Social Security Benefits and Expenditure, January 2013, House of Commons Library paper SN/SG/2656.

Jones, Colin and Murie, Alan, 2006, The Right to Buy: Analysis and Evaluation of Housing Policy, Oxford: Blackwell.

Kilpin, Juliet and Murray, Stuart, 2007, Church Planting in the Inner City, Cambridge: Grove Booklets.

Keeble, Paul, 2004, ‘Gang Violence’, in Eastman, Michael and Latham, Steve (eds), 2004, Urban Church: A Practitioner’s Resource Book, London: SPCK.

Lockwood, Trevor, 1993, The Church on the Housing Estate: Mission and Ministry on the Urban Estate, London: Methodist Church Home Mission.

Lupton, Ruth, et al., 2009, Growing up in Social Housing in Britain: A Profile of Four Generations from 1946 to the Present Day, London: Tenant Services Authority and Hoseph Rowntree Foundation: York.

Mealand, David, 1980, Poverty and Expectation in the Gospels, London: SPCK.

Murray, Stuart, 2004, Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World, Carlyle: Paternoster Press.

Murray, Stuart, 2016, A Vast Minority, Carlyle: Paternoster Press.

Myers, Bryant, 2011, Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development, Maryknoll: Orbis.

NECN, 2003, Worship for Housing Estate Ministry: Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land?, from National Estate Churches Network.

Oxfam, The Perfect Storm: Economic Stagnation, the Rising Cost of Living, Public Spending Cuts, and the Impact on UK Poverty, London: Oxfam.

Power, Anne, 1999, Estates on the Edge: The Social Consequences of Mass Housing in Northern Europe, London: Macmillan Press Ltd..

Purnell, Derek, 2003, ‘Urban Presence. Newton Heath, Manchester’, in John Vincent (ed.), Faithfulness in the City, Sheffield: Urban Theology Collective, Monad Press.

Sentamu, John, ed., 2015, On Rock or Sand: Firm Foundations for Britain’s Future, London, SPCK.

Somerville, P. and Steele, A., 2002, ‘Race’, Housing & Social Exclusion, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Thompson, Anna, 2012, ‘Holy Sofas: Transformational Encounters between Evangelical Christians and Post-Christendom Urban Communities’, Practical Theology 5:1, pp. 47-70

Tunstall, Rebecca & Coulter, Alice, 2006, Twenty-five years on Twenty Estates – Turning the tide?, LSE and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Cambridge: The Polity Press.

van Kempen, Ronald, et al. (eds), 2005, Restructuring Large Housing Estates in Europe, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Winter, Jane, 2014, ‘Why does the church appear to ignore the potential for indigenous ministry in areas of social housing?’, unpublished paper.

Wood, Martin, 2008, Strategic Planning or Piecemeal Development? A Study of the Establishment of Church of England Parishes and Their Churches in the New Town of Basildon between 1949 and 1964, MA Thesis, University of Wales, Lampeter.


national estate churches network

I’m poking my head out of Sabbatical for a moment to publicise a couple of National Estate Churches Network things.

You can read the latest edition of Netlink here


You will see in it this piece of news from Laurie Green:

Very significant and exciting things are happening for NECN right now because, as you may have noticed, Housing Estate ministry is becoming a strong focus for policy both for the government and also within our churches. The Church of England has recently decided to place this ministry high on its agenda and to that end will set up an Estates Evangelism group as a key element of its Reform and Renewal programme so that the poor can be brought to the centre of its strategies for policy on evangelism and resourcing. This seems to me to be Gospel Good News indeed! Bishop Philip North is to chair that estates group and has become a member of our own NECN Executive group so that we can help and resource them. We’ll offer some of our estate experience and presence to inform their programme.

We have already been working together to determine what that programme should be and you can read the latest draft on page 3 of this edition of NetLink. It makes for exciting reading and brings together under four headings what we on NECN are all about – and is also exactly what the CofE group want to see happen. We, of course, are a significantly ecumenical network but our Executive all agree that our other denominations and groups can all gain from this work, and the CofE is only too aware that to think of going it alone on our estates would be foolhardy. Any comments you want to offer about this four-fold programme would be really welcome.

The second piece of news I want to share is about our Executive group. Many will know that I have been chairing NECN for twenty years now and I really think we need a new chair with fresh ideas and energy for all that lies ahead. I’m glad to say that Andy Delmege has stepped forward and I can think of no one better suited, given all his experience, wisdom and commitment. Jane Winter too has signalled that, after so many years as secretary and co-driver of NECN, she too needs to step back and we’re really grateful to Lynne Cullens for agreeing to work with Andy, just as Jane has worked with me, to form a new partnership to manage the work of the Executive. Jane and I will remain very much involved of course and if any readers wish to join our Exec group do let us know. So it’s all systems ready to go! We have our AGM in December so that will be the time for change-over. I very much look forward to seeing many of you at our November national conferences in Rotherham and London – more details in this edition – and warmly welcome any comments about all this news. I’m sure that we now have a strong team and a welcome agenda for NECN and for the years ahead

I am extremely proud to be taking over as Chair of NECN and look forward to working with Lynne, Philip, Laurie and the rest of the Executive Group to do whatever we can to support estate churches and the people who live on estates.  As Laurie says, please let us have any comments or ideas.

This year’s Conferences are coming up:


Transforming lives and communitiies

This year’s conference invites us to sense again our call to estate ministry and life by looking at our Christian spirituallity and its impact upon our distinctive ministry.The day will be led by by Dr. Gillian Ahlgren, a leading speaker on spirituality and social justice, from Cincinnati, and by Andy Delmege, Convener of our Birmingham group.

The conference offers the opportunity to visit again the joy of estate church life and present important challenges to help us refresh our connections with the traditions of Christian spritiuality and consider how they help make a practical difference to our loving our estates and communities.

This is a practical day with the sharing of the wisdom in the room as we seek to unlock, and share, our own, and other stories and experiences to gain fresh insight and discover new ideas.

 As always the conference is for all who belong to estate churches, lay people as well as ministers, from all denominations and groupings.

To keep costs to a minimum (£25 – Lunch and hot drinks included) the same programme is offered in two locations – North and South – to keep travel costs down.

London: St Paul’s, Straford, Maryland Rd. E15 1JLRotherham: Ox Close Avenue, Rotherham. S61 3JL

10.00 Welcome & Coffee 10.30 Conference start
12.30 Lunch (included) 15.30 Conference closes

Please click here to book or for more information.

what is the way?

Two quotes below which we used in the sermon at St Bede’s this morning as a basis for exploration of what our relationship with God is.  Thanks to the many people who have shared the Richard Rohr quote (Laurie Green makes a very similar point in Blessed are the Poor?) and to Simon Foster for the Metropolitan Anthony quote.  The quotes related a lot to what we have been up to in the past few years in terms of learning from the Jesus’ teaching through Jesus Shaped People.  It led us into a wonderful time of sharing some very hard won stories and insights.  (In terms of the Richard Rohr quote, by the way, we decided we could have both).

“We worshipped Jesus instead of following him on his same path. We made Jesus into a mere religion instead of a journey toward union with God and everything else. This shift made us into a religion of “belonging and believing” instead of a religion of transformation.”

  • Richard Rohr The Naked Now


“Basically humility is the attitude of one who stands constantly under the judgment of God. It is the attitude of one who is like the soil. Humility comes from the Latin word ‘humus’, fertile ground. The fertile ground is there, unnoticed, taken for granted, always there to be trodden upon. It is silent, inconspicuous, dark and yet it is always ready to receive any seed, ready to give it subbstance and life. The more lowly, the more fruitful, becaues it become really fertile when it accepts all the refuse of the earth. It is so low that nothing can soil it, abase it, humiliate it; it has accepted the last place and cannot go any lower. In that position nothing can shatter the soul’s serentiy, its peace and joy.”

Living Prayer, by Anthony Bloom

blessed are the poor?

You will see below my review of Laurie Green’s excellent new book, Blessed are the Poor? which I want to share here.  I really do recommend it to everyone who is engaged in urban ministry and especially estate ministry.

Bishop Laurie is coming to do an afternoon with urban clergy here in Birmingham in October.  If anyone else is interested in coming along, please let me know.


Blessed are the Poor? Urban Poverty and the Church

By Laurie Green, SCM 2015

Laurie Green has long been at the forefront of urban ministry in Britain as parish priest, bishop, theologian and practitioner. I was really looking forward to reading Blessed are the Poor? and can wholeheartedly recommend it as a resource for anyone engaged in urban ministry, and particularly for those involved in outer housing estates.

It is the fruit of several years Bishop Laurie had spent visiting, being in and listening to estate people and their churches since his retirement and is a practical working out of the method he describes in Let’s Do Theology. The first part of the book explores what poverty is and the context of British housing estates. This is not just theoretical, it is interwoven with the stories and words of the people who live on them; something that those who minister in them know to be of vital importance.

The book then looks at two of Jesus’ key teachings, The Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes through the lens of people living in urban poverty and estate churches. This breaks open the Gospel, allowing us to understand deeply some of Jesus’ key insights. It then returns to the stories of estate people to reflect on what this all means for the Church. This section contains a wealth of imaginative, hopeful and sensible ideas and reflection for estate churches. It is also profoundly challenging for the wider Church which is often in a suburban captivity.

If you are engaged in estate ministry, this book will give you hope, comfort, energy and challenge; it will certainly make me a better estate priest. If you want to make deep sense of the heart of Jesus’ teaching, you will find much to live with. I pray it leads to estate churches being ever more alive and flourishing.