In This Issue…
As we go to print, not just the UK but the whole world is reeling in the face of the coronavirus crisis, which is already having momentous consequences for work and business. Look out for reflections on this in our next issue. We wish our readers well in their personal circumstances, asking for God’s blessing on our businesses, and hope FiBQ may be a welcome read if you are isolated.
Here we include a hard-hitting and theologically astute article by Gordon Preece about the fires that recently devastated his country, a disaster to which Australians’ allegiance to their coal industry probably contributed. Environmental protestors are ensuring that we can no longer ignore the reality of climate change, but Phil Jump salutes the work of unsung heroes in business and industry who are working out technical solutions to combat it.
David Parish chips in with a fascinating historical piece on Humphrey Monmouth, an unsung business hero who financed Tyndale’s biblical translation, and Richard Higginson supplements this with news of an American Christian investment society which draws its inspiration from Monmouth. Peter Warburton laments the dominance of monopoly power in key areas of the global economy, and in the process shows how the game Monopoly ironically betrayed its original intentions.
We are pleased to draw attention to two highly creative organisations which are bringing Christian values to bear on the marketplace. Martin Palmer writes about FaithInvest, which is channelling the investment funds of different faiths in positive directions, and Duncan McFadzean introduces Creo, which is empowering Christian entrepreneurs to build some remarkable ventures. Peter Heslam explains the thinking about wellbeing at work lying behind the recently scheduled Faith in Business retreat, which unfortunately had to be postponed because of the virus.
20:2 includes three affirmative reviews of notable recent books (Bill Mash of Doughnut Economics, Carol Williams of A Climate of Desire, Ken Dickson of BAM Global Movement) and one review by Richard Higginson of an important film about contemporary working life (Sorry We Missed You).
We are very sorry to report that Clive Wright, a towering figure in both ICF and Faith in Business circles and one-time chair of the FiBQ Steering Group, died recently. We will include a tribute to Clive in 20:3. In the interests of increasing our readership, we are also moving in the direction of making more FiBQ material freely available on the web. And that leads to a reminder that if anyone would like to receive FiBQ digitally rather than the printed version, they can easily do so: please get in touch with John Lovatt and make your wishes known.