Image via WikipediaHere's a follow up article about the new European Forum for Historic Places of Worship from the January edition of the European Bulletin, number 66:
In November, representatives of twenty-four countries signed up to a new Forum as the culmination of a two day summit in Canterbury, UK. A Romanian village church with beautiful wall-paintings in immediate threat of collapse, a baroque Russian church re-found within a forest and the development within a grade I listed church in the UK of a community shop and post office while remaining an open place of worship were just a few of the topics discussed by over 50 representatives of European place of worship. Delegates shared their thoughts and experiences of community, extended use or adaptation of places of worship when the congregation is no longer able to cope alone, how to fund work needed to keep these places open for worship and visitors and ways of making politicians aware of the difficult issues that organisations face. There were expert speakers from Swedish National Heritage Board, the Westminster Parliament (Sir Alan Beith MP), Europa Nostra, English Heritage and the University of Montreal (Professor Luc Noppen).
Further information on the event and network can be found on the Forum website or in the Building Faith in Our Future email bulletin available from the Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division in Church House.