When I’m 85: A Journey With Dr. John Perkins

By David Spickard: published at the Jobs for Life blog on 11/4/15. On an unseasonably cool day this past summer, I found myself driving a rental car through the backroads of Mendenhall, Mississippi. It had been a long time since I had been in Mississippi. Growing up, I frequently visited Jackson to see my grandparents, [Read More…]

What do you do when your idealism crumbles?

‘ “Once you come to know the world — truly come to know the world and all its doubt and darkness — can you love it still?” That’s the question the co-founder of the nonprofit Blood:Water addresses in her new memoir.  This article is reprinted from Duke Divinity School’s magazine Faith & Leadership, an offering [Read More…]

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This Machinist Says We Need Both Welders and Philosophers, and They Both Need Something Else, Too

Recently, in the 4th Republican debate, Senator Rubio made a comment in regards to raising the minimum wage in the U.S. Toward the end of his response he made the comment, For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders [Read More…]

Praying for Paris and More

By Mike Coyner The terrible events of this past weekend in Paris remind us to pray for the people of Paris and France as they deal with the aftermath of another terror attack in their country. The outpouring of care and sympathy to the victims has been heart-warming, but unfortunately accompanied (as usual on social [Read More…]

Is overwork killing you?

The Harvard Business Review thinks it might be. The truly talented, we are told, flee obligations to work themselves into the ground. And yet they appear to love opportunities to do so, if presented in the guise of solving big problems, learning, and pushing themselves further. Whether we are forced to or choose to work [Read More…]

Are you a functional atheist?

By Mike Coyner Last week during our Learning Forum for active UM bishops, I heard one of our presenters say, “Many of us in the church are functional atheists.” That statement got my attention, and I hope it gets your attention. He further explained: It is easy for us in the church (especially in church [Read More…]