Author: The Green Room

Ever heard of a “green room”? It’s the room in a theater where actors and speakers can relax when they’re not on stage….talk to each other about what they really think, fix their makeup, get some coffee, and otherwise prepare for their next moment “on.” Well, this blog is the green room for the faith and work movement, where its leaders can kick off their shoes, grab a cup of coffee or a mug of tea, and talk heart-to-heart about where the movement’s come from, where it’s going, what’s working, and what’s not working. We hope you’ll join the conversation.

The Five Causes of Poverty: Practices

Reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Part two of a series. Last week we talked about how God’s story of change focuses on restoring us to our role as priests and rulers. Living faithfully as the royal priesthood and holy nation means that we call on King Jesus to overcome all the effects of the Fall, including all five causes of poverty. Today…

The Big Quit: The Perspective Season

By Lisa Slayton, reprinted from The Tamim Journey. This is the sixth in a series.  It has been a while since I have posted-nearly 3 months- with a big project and some family obligations to tend to, I needed to step back from writing for a bit. And I left you hanging in the disruptive season! My apologies! But I am back…

Remember Your Baptism in Daily Life

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Note: Originally posted in the July 10, 2022 edition of ISSUES, the daily newsletter of The Consultation published during General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Baltimore, July 8-11, 2022. The Diocese of Northern California offered a resolution (C028) to this year’s General Convention which proposed to open communion to unbaptized persons,…

Review: Work and Wisdom

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. J. Daryl Charles is director and senior fellow of the Institute for Critical Thought & Practice at Bryan College. Among his books are Retrieving the Natural Law: A Return to Moral First Things (2008) and The Unformed Conscience of Evangelicalism: Recovering the Church’s Moral Vision (2002). Work and Wisdom is a wonderful read and I would put it at…

It Takes a Village to Empower Seniors

By David Williamson. The mission statement of our new residence reads: “Realize the limitless possibilities of senior life.” This is a grand statement for marketing, and was helpful for my wife and me to choose this as our new residence: Friendship Village (in Bloomington, Mn.) affirms that it is the right of all residents to receive quality health and wellness…

Wanting What’s Not Ours

By Lyn Weston, reprinted from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, ‘Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead.’ When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got…

Contributing More than We Consume

Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The vision of the Economic Wisdom Project is summarized in twelve “elements” that provide starting points for thoughtful, biblically informed understanding of contemporary opportunities and challenges. For a handy guide to the twelve elements, download this one-page summary, taken from our EWP vision paper “A Christian Vision for Flourishing Communities”: Below is an excerpt from the paper “Twelve Elements of Economic…

The Five Causes of Poverty: Stories

Reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Part one of a series. Poverty alleviation is fundamentally about transformation – about walking alongside people and communities who are materially poor as they move to a better situation than their present one.  Doing this effectively requires us to know where we are trying to go and how we can get there. In other words, we need…

The Big Quit: The Disruptive Season (Con’t)

By Lisa Slayton, reprinted from The Tamim Journey. This is the fifth in a series.  We can be made whole, we can become more and more of who God made us to be. And to do so, we must let go, release and embrace the uninvited embrace. The Liminal Space We talk often of letting go and releasing as part of transformation,…

In Memoriam: A. Wayne Schwab, 1928-2022

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Note: This post was originally published on June 1, 2022. Here we are, caught in the liminal time between Ascension Day and Pentecost. Suspended in the “not yet,” unclear and unaware of the power in the “already.”  Jesus’ departure from the disciples opens the door for the work of the Spirit, already…