The Black Country Urban Industrial Mission
BCUIM (Black Country Urban Industrial Mission) was set up in 1976. It is a Local Ecumenical Project representing the Diocese of Lichfield, the Diocese of Worcester, the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church, West Midlands Synod of the United Reform Church and Heart of England Baptist Association. It is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a registered Charity. The Trustees include a lay Chair and the Bishop of Dudley, the Bishop of Wolverhampton, the Chair of the Methodist District, the Baptist Regional Minister, and other Church Leaders as well as representatives of trade unions, industry and education, whose task is to oversee and advise. The team consists of 7 chaplains, Methodist, Anglican (from both Dioceses) and Baptist and URC, meeting twice monthly to discuss issues, plan work, prepare conferences and projects, study together and provide mutual support. All members of the team make a full contribution to corporate work and projects. Workplace visiting is an important feature of the pattern of industrial mission which keeps BCUIM rooted in the industrial scene and enables the chaplains to make a contribution to the economic and industrial life of the Black Country. BCUIM chaplains work in the four Black Country Boroughs of Dudley Walsall and Sandwell, and the City of Wolverhampton,
As well as regularly visiting companies BCUIM has project work in the areas of economic regeneration, faith and work, unemployment and local economic development. BCUIM also has an annual induction course for clergy new to Ministry in the Black Country, various faith and work courses for lay people, and endeavours to help others - clergy and lay - connect with economic and social issues. An important strand of the work is to recruit, train and develop Associate Chaplains (lay and ordained) so that more places of work might be covered by this ministry.
The BCUIM team members in the Borough of Dudley (Worcester Diocese) cover the retail industry at the Merry Hill Centre and faith and work issues as well as working ecumenically in the regeneration of Brierley Hill.
To work towards the Kingdom of God as part of the mission of the whole Church in the industrial and economic life of the Black Country -
- Identifying the current issues of urban and industrial society; studying them together, and encouraging others to reflect theologically on them.
- Visiting places of work and offering pastoral support to those with or without paid employment.
- Challenging both the world and the Church with a prophetic voice.
- Working with others in the struggle for justice in the whole created order.
- Encouraging Christian communities and individuals to make and strengthen connections between faith and work.
Further details from BCUIM office - telephone 01902 710407 or email