From the archives: What would Jesus do?

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“Topeka, Kansas, was in a severe economic recession when Sheldon arrived in 1889 to pastor the Central Congregational Church. To make his ministry relevant to the everyday needs of his parishioners and community, he asked his church for permission to devote twelve weeks to what he called ‘practical sociological studies,’ suspending most of his regular duties except for preaching on Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. A remarkable adventure ensued, taking him into every part of town to learn how others lived and worked.” [Read more...]

“Shalom starts at home”: Housing problems, poverty, and how to change the world

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Recently, Comment magazine ran a two-part interview on their website with Jonathan Bradford, CEO of the  Inner City Christian Federation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in conjunction with their June issue on Christianity and the city. Many of us are interested in urban renewal and in alleviating poverty–but we don’t know where to start. Jonathan had plenty to [Read More...]

Where is God when you’re unemployed?

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Recently at On Faith, writer and university professor Halee Gray Scott talked about what happened to her family in the Great Recession: I was nine months pregnant when my husband, Paul, decided to quit his job in 2009 — right after the economy took a nosedive. The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its biggest single-day [Read More...]

We’d like to pray for you

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We’re starting a new feature over on the Patheos Faith and Work Channel’s Facebook page; daily prayers for work. (You can see the first one here.) From general prayers for seeking God’s will, to prayers for hope in difficult situations, to prayers for guidance in finding our calling, to–whenever we can find them–prayers for people [Read More...]

What does faith and work mean to blue-collar workers?

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Recently on the Oikonomia Network, pastor Blaine Crawford pondered the white-collar orientation of many of his colleagues in the faith and work movement after returning from a recent conference: During the session, one of the speakers said that while we used to work to meet needs lower on this hierarchy, we now search for meaning, [Read More...]

Four ways to help people who are out of work

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Ever feel like a lot of conversation about faith and work is about people with good jobs and rewarding lives? So did pastor Trevor Lee: How do you approach faith, work, and economics with those who have little or no consistent work? As I move deeper into the conversation around faith, work, and economics, I’ve [Read More...]


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