THE Bishop of Durham has made three wishes in his New Year’s message.
The Right Reverend Justin Welby has sent out a hard-hitting message for 2012, calling for confidence, optimism and hope to fight against the economic downturn and impact on jobs.
Bishop Welby said: “I’m setting myself three New Year resolutions: to seek at all levels generosity, care about moral values and spiritual renewal.
“These are key messages for all of us to take to our hearts in what is sure to be a very challenging new year in 2012.
“But, if we all work together for the common good, we can turn these difficult times into something that can have a significant beneficial effect.”
The message comes as the region faces further difficult economic and social hardship.
In his New Year message, Bishop Welby said: “First, get the priority of finances straight.
“At a personal level, live within our means after having given away 10 pence in every pound to worthy causes.
“We need confidence, and confidence needs leadership. I would love to see business leaders making sane plans for expansion, investment and creation of jobs.
“Let’s remember that investing in people is the very best asset any business can possess.
“Jobs creation might mean creating opportunities through apprenticeships and internships, even through local business investment initiatives.”
“I look round this area in North East of England and see phenomenal work being done in communities by people who do it because they are called, empowered and given vision by God.
“That sense of spiritual life is needed everywhere, and it is there for the asking, for each of us.”