Welcome to joehasler.co.uk
This website originally set out to offer resources on wider estate church issues. It now incorporates other features.
How you adapt these resources for your own needs will be of interest to me. I hope you will use the comment boxes to let me know about this.
Poetry and Worship can also be found here.
The Northern Ark Mission Initiative may also be of interest to you and is about the development of six collaborating housing estate parishes in the north of Bristol. The main objective was to create a Ministry team of indigenous worshippers to help or replace outsider ministers in each parish. Some of its papers are available here.
This site is about resourcing those involved in housing estate ministry. The resources are aimed particularly for places that are predominantly occupied by the white working class. These resources can be found under these headings.
- 1. Working class culture and Estate Ministry.
- 2. Working class culture and Liturgy.
- 3. Working class culture and Learning.
- 4. Working class culture and Community Development.
- 5. Theoretical considerations
The items about prayer are also here. While the intention was to sustain the interventionist they may be of interest to others.
Finally, this site also contains some experience that comes from our participation in the Making Space Community in the South Wales Valleys.
In 1972 I found myself living in an ex–Methodist manse on a council housing estate in Birmingham. In a household of young Christians, I found myself back amongst the surrounding white working class culture of my childhood, although it took me many years to be able to put words to that cultural awareness. I was employed as a community development worker on a housing estate at a time when most of such work was being done in the inner-city housing action areas. From then on I worked among, and mostly lived in, the council built homes of Birmingham, Essex, Liverpool and Bristol. With the on-set of my mid-life crises, I was ordained as a deacon, and then a priest, in the Church of England. Since then, until I retired, I have lived in council house areas and worked as a parish priest. I now live in an ex mining village in South Wales.
The resources on offer here are based on my 25 years experience of being a parish priest and, prior to those, 17 years as a community development worker. These experiences have been sandwiched between living in 3 different intentional communities of Christian disciples.