What do you do when you’re called shrill, hysterical or bossy? The executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches responds by feeling deeply and sharing her pain. Reprinted from Faith and Leadership. Christians say awful things to one another. I wish I hadn’t had to learn this as the leader of a Christian institution. In my ministry, I’ve been called all sorts of cruel things: shrill, hysterical, bossy, manipulative, emotionally unstable. I’ve been likened to farm animals. I’ve had… Read more

…assuming you believe in that concept at all. (Fodder for another post, as I’m off to go pick up a preschooler.) Anyway, here’s what Forbes, via Glassdoor, has to say about it: Today careers website Glassdoor released its list of the 29 best jobs for work-life balance. Glassdoor is best known for its crowd-sourced company reviews, and for this list, it grouped those reviews by job title. For anyone looking to change jobs and achieve better work-life balance, this list… Read more

Evangelical seminaries, says Emily Dolan Gierer for Christianity Today: In theory, the demand for paid family leave fits well with Christian values, which encourage and celebrate marriage and the raising of children. What could be more pro-family than polices that allow parents to be home with their child during the first weeks of the child’s life? How then do explicitly Christian institutions navigate paid parental leave and other flexible work policies?. . . Some experts say institutional culture is more significant… Read more

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. In his prophetic post World War I poem The Second Coming, W. B. Yeats writes: “The blood dimmed tide is loosed and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned, The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” There is a Chinese curse that goes something like, “May you live in interesting times.” We certainly seem to be living in one of those… Read more

Over on the other blog I run I’ve been sharing a lot of posts about gender, so this from the Independent caught my eye: Men and women work side by side, often tackling the same business issues, sitting through the same meetings and walking the same hallways but the common ground might just end there. Martin R. Schneider, an editor for the movie-reviewing site Front Row Central based in Philadelphia, realised men and women are treated differently in the workplace after he… Read more

Donald Trump may be a different kind of leader, perhaps even a threat to our democracy, but that doesn’t change the nature of the pastoral vocation, says an Iowa pastor. The pastor is the keeper of a space where we stand on a firm foundation. Reprinted from Faith & Leadership. By Cameron Barr Not long after last fall’s presidential election, I heard that a member of my church was unhappy with me. Apparently, the grapevine said, I’d snubbed a very thoughtful… Read more

We ran across this LinkedIn post written by a Christian paralegal and thought it served as a good example of someone applying their faith to the questions of their job. We’ve reprinted it here with some small adaptations. By Jacob Lehmann Most of the time, I don’t pay much attention to the opinions that come out of the Court of International Trade (CIT), but when the case involves a contested customs categorization, I can’t pass it up. The often arcane reasons for why… Read more

So says an article in Fast Company: Two years ago, Michelle* was a thriving real estate mogul in Seattle, and cofounder of her own business. Her company sponsored elite events from Vancouver, B.C., to Los Angeles and contributed to many philanthropies. But at the age of 28, she did what many other successful millennial women do: She burned out. She scaled back on clients, travel, and events. Eventually, with the support of her husband, she decided to call it quits… Read more

I ran into an interesting post by Rhett Allain at Wired wondering about that question. Administrators and politicians are emphasizing the importance of colleges in their role of producing an educated workforce. More people in college means more people that can work at higher level jobs. . . . Yes, humans with a college degree would be better at some jobs – but you can’t make a college degree job training. But what if we did? What if we optimized the whole… Read more

I like all sorts of things about this interview with Andy Crouch, but one that I like best is that he is making the “I’m stepping back from work to spend more time with my family” speech we usually expect to hear from women. (So much so that it made all kinds of news when Max Schireson of MongoDB did so several years ago.) Way to go, Andy and Christianity Today: Almost everything I do will be forgotten…. So I realized there’s… Read more

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