Do clothes really make the man (or woman?) Reflections on professional attire

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By Stephen Milliken Dress to impress, right? Whether in corporate culture or student affairs, the adage is about as ubiquitous as a collared shirt. While it is certainly prudent to understand the social implications and subtexts of what we wear, I suspect that there is a subtle psychological difference between dressing appropriately and dressing to [Read More...]

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From patriarch to peasant: how I ended up as a machinist and not a minister

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Here’s another post in an occasional series about blue-collar work and meaning that we’re running here on MISSION:WORK. Read the other posts here: “Does blue-collar work have any meaning?” , “Which is a higher calling: building churches or building fences?”, “The craftsman and her environment,”  “The faith and work conversation we’re NOT having,” “Voices from [Read More...]


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Playing “Hokey Pokey” with the Gospel

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By Michael Coyner My E-pistle entitled “Mission Indiana”  stirred up a lot of response. Most of it was positive, but some wrote to ask what I meant by challenging our congregations and pastors to be “all-in” for our mission? The best way I can answer that question is by reflecting upon the children’s game “Hokey-Pokey.” [Read More...]


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How to Pray for Specific Vocations

By Joanna Meyer; reprinted from the website of the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. Every Sunday, in churches across Colorado, worship leaders call attention to the needs of their communities and the world. Simply put, we pray for what we care about. Do the prayers you offer from the pulpit, in small group settings–or even [Read More...]


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Death and resurrection of an urban church

 This post comes to us from Duke Divinity School’s magazine Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.  Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis has redefined what it means to serve its urban community. The approach is simple: See your neighbors as children of God. For an idea of how Broadway United [Read More...]

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Giving voice to our vocational callings

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  This post comes to us from Duke Divinity School’s magazine Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.  By Nathan Kirkpatrick For most of the 40 of us, it was our first exam in seminary. There had been papers, certainly, quizzes too, but on that surprisingly steamy October morning, we took [Read More...]


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