the Forge is a workplace for shaping and re-shaping, a place for the making of things which would be useful, or enable a journey ... the Old Forge is the location of our office because of its history... it's a better title than old fogey!
The programme – which includes the redistribution of financial resources, training and education, and simplifying the arcane governance of the church – springs from alarm at the steady decline of congregations over recent decades.
“We’re in the last chance saloon,” said Pete Broadbent, bishop of Willesden and one of the architects of Reform and Renewal. “All the demographic evidence shows that, unless we do something in the next five or 10 years, we’re shot. There are those who say this [programme] is alien and who want to dig their heels in, but we’re facing a demographic time bomb.”
please let's not make the mistake of thinking we're immune from exactly the same issues. The time bomb is ticking!
I simply wanted to applaud LICC for highlighting the need for Christians to engage in the world of fashion and creative industries. This interview with Simon Ward, CEO with the British Fashion Council, does just that: