Chasing problems is a key to social innovation

Innovation begins with carefully listening to a community and defining the problems it’s facing. Then social innovators act, learning from failure and building on success, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School. This post  was first published in Faith & Leadership. What fuels the minds of people pursuing innovations to make [Read More…]

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From the archives: Working on gratitude

One simple way to help people integrate faith, work, and economics is through gratitude. You do not need to wait until you have read three or four books on the subject, preached a sermon series, or attended the latest conference on these themes. You can begin by simply taking a moment to stop and consider what you are thankful for. Thankfulness often shows honor and respect for work performed. [Read more…]

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Changing one congregation: Jobs for Life

Last year the Patheos Faith and Work Channel contacted leaders of some prominent community development and entrepreneurial organizations to talk about their attempts to transform communities through the growth of new businesses and attention to the dignity of work. The interviews were very popular and we’re going to be running some of them here again over [Read More…]

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Pittsburgh pastors seeking the common good

By Terry Timm This spring I began serving as one of the Pittsburgh regional coordinators for Made to Flourish. While my co-conspirator, Jay Slocum and I have been involved in a variety of start-up activities, one of my deep joys is bringing together local church pastors around the table to share the Made to Flourish [Read More…]

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Looking forward to Laity Day

We reprint this post from Mike Coyner, whom you’ve read on this blog often, not because you all are lay United Methodists in Northern Indiana (we know better!) but as an example of a church leader fruitfully encouraging the ministry of the laity. Go thou and do likewise!–Editors On Saturday, October 17th at Castleton UMC, [Read More…]

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