Refugee ministry: Can any church do this?

Not every congregation can do ministry with refugees. But every church can show up in their community and see where God is already working.  Reprinted from Faith & Leadership. By Hannah Terry When people find out about the work I do with the refugee community in the neighborhood surrounding my church, I’m often asked, “Can any church do this?” My answer? Absolutely. Will the results be the same? No. The reason for that is at the heart of our ministry…. Read more

The Workplace Culture Flying Nannies Won’t Fix

More thoughts on the work of women in particular today. This article from the New York Times is from 2015, but the problem it talks about is perennial: A PRIVATE equity firm announces it will pay for both your baby and a nanny to fly with you when you travel for business until the baby’s first birthday. IBM plans to ship home breast milk pumped on a work trip. Facebook and Apple will reimburse the costs for employees who want… Read more

Why Women Quit Working

Lots to ponder here about the role of caregiving in our society as well as the need for flexible working arrangements to help women fulfill all the vocations they are called to. Read more

Can your work bring you closer to God?

The United Methodist Church says yes here: Large portions of our lives are spent at work. Some go to an office each day while others labor outdoors. Some work in 12-hour shifts to provide our food, keep us safe, and heal our wounds. Others travel near and far to sell, build, consult, and transport products and people. Still others teach children, cook meals, clean, and provide other services for our communities…. Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, had a legendary work ethic…. Read more

What Exactly is a Fair Wage?

Kevin Kinghorn has some thoughts about this over at Seedbed: The packages of Traidcraft coffee I’ve bought in the past always carry the written promise that coffee producers in developing countries are paid “a fair price for their work.” I’m all for healthy, sustainable business practices. But the Traidcraft label does raise the obvious follow-up question: What exactly is a “fair” price to pay a worker? We would all agree to obvious points about the treatment of workers: that employers… Read more

Resisting the Tyranny of Algorithms in the New Year

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Thirteenth century Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi once said, “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” Among Steve Jobs’s many entrepreneurial insights was a perspicacious observation that creativity emerges out of a synthesis of “diverse experiences”–an amalgamation of seemingly unrelated dots that later link up as a new thing. He famously said, “It is in Apple’s DNA that… Read more

Business Travel: When to Bring the Kids and When to Leave Them Home

A little while ago, my faith-and-work-movement colleague Jeff Haanen of the Denver Institute published a great post on his personal blog called “Business Travel Have You Exhausted? Bring a Kid.” It contains good advice on how bringing along a kid on a business trip can actually help you see the world through new eyes, avoid unfortunate temptations, and generally break down the artificial divide our culture makes between work and family.  The only problem about it from my perspective (and… Read more

Paul Behaving Badly: Of Paradoxes, Jerks, Infallible Scriptures, and Grace

This post is a participation in a Patheos Book Club on the book Paul Behaving Badly. A few years ago, a friend gave me a little book called Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien. I loved it. So, okay, I have been to seminary, so I knew some of the things in the book, but its clear explanations of the cultural world of the Bible made it an ideal choice to recommend to people who want… Read more

Why time management is killing us

This is the most life-changing thing I’ve read in the past bit. Instead of TL:DR (too long, don’t read): long and important, and read every word. Slowly. If all this increased efficiency brings none of the benefits it was supposed to bring, what should we be doing instead? At Take Back Your Time, the consensus was that personal lifestyle changes would never suffice: reform would have to start with policies on vacation, maternity leave and overtime. But in the meantime,… Read more

Taking a detour off the career path to live Jesuit values

A bit late to the party with noticing this (file that under “need better work-life rhythm,” or maybe under “productivity isn’t everything and may in fact be illusory.”)  Anyway, great article about six kids trying to figure out life, work, the universe, and everything: Hope for the future arrives in the capital on the fourth weekend of August. There are six of them. Angela. Camille. Hanna. John. Liz. Noah. They are between ages 21 and 23. Five of them are… Read more