PLACED and LINKED in Hope
Where we are placed matters and determines what we see. From a deep sense of being placed we can better relate with God, the earth and others. The following places are especially important to this venture:
Winson Green, Birmingham is where Newbigin House is physically and spiritually placed. This multiracial, inner city neighbourhood of Birmingham, UK, is where some of the first urban industrialised neighbourhoods began two hundred years ago and where Newbigin himself lived and served when he returned from thirty years of service in India. Newbigin House is based in the old Winson Green vicarage where the Barker family live with team and interns as well as community initiatives and meals.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is recognised as a ‘thin place’ where it can seem as if the gap between heaven and earth is so ‘thin’ that the presence of heaven can be sensed. ‘Thin places’ are ‘storied’ places which can carry meaning for us. On Lindisfarne we remember the Celtic missionaries who were formed from the 7th Century and were instrumental in changing their world. Through our partnership link with The Community of Aidan and Hilda we offer retreats here, to connect with God away from the urban front line. We are exploring partnerships from within other ‘thin places’ too.
Cambridge is known as one of the great places of learning in the world. For nearly one thousand years it has seen people shaped and stimulated in thinking and action. It is also where Newbigin studied for the ministry at a formative stage of his life. Through our partnership link with the Newbigin Centre for Gospel and Western Culture, Ridley Hall we connect with conferences, retreats, research degrees and professional doctorates.
Urban neighbourhoods in cities across the UK and internationally are represented by our ‘partnerships’ with urban mission churches, denominations, communities and mission agencies. There is a full list on the back page. We see these thousands of neighbourhoods as the front line of urban mission. Many more reflective-practitioners are needed for these forgotten places in our cities.