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.

Four Relational Practices for Faithful Work

By Jim Grubs, reprinted from Minding the Gap. If you are a person who is active in the pursuit of integrating the beliefs and principles of faith, and specifically those of the Christian tradition, into work, then I’m guessing you’ve likely run into some significant opposition at your worksite. In fact, this may almost be a daily occurrence for you.…

Seminary Spotlight: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. I’m grateful to write this seminary spotlight on behalf of The Commonweal Project at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I benefited from The Commonweal Project as a new student at Southern, grew with it through my MDiv, and now, get to serve it as its managing fellow.  I started at Southern in fall of 2014, and…

Christlike Character in the “How”

By Michelle Koh, reprinted from her blog; via the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Recently, I found myself needing some medical care urgently on the weekend. Unfortunately, there were outside my regular doctor’s work hours, so I proceeded to call a service that provided a call out service.  When that doctor arrived, I was shocked. Not simply because he didn’t…

Ken Melrose, an Under-the-Radar Servant Leader

By David Williamson. “He was Toro Company’s ‘Servant Leader’” was the headline in the morning’s business section of the local newspaper (the Minneapolis Star Tribune), announcing the death of Ken Melrose, who had been president and CEO of Toro for nearly 25 years. Ken was a brother in Christ and friend, whose Christian faith was “under the radar.” Yet it…

Gearshifts: From Problem Solving to Sense Making

By Lisa Slayton; part four of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. Last fall my husband and I took a wonderful trip to central Italy. After a few days in Bologna, we headed to Florence and Tuscany. On our way, we detoured slightly to stop at the Ferrari and Lamborghini factories. These stops included the opportunity for us to drive a…

Where Is the Church?

By Fletcher Lowe, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. You may have heard the story of a recent conversation between the Devil and God. Gleefully the devil says, “Well, God, looks like I have beat you this time.  My virus has shut down all your churches just as I planned.”  God replies, “You are correct that the church buildings are closed…

Persevere

By Darren Lim, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. One of the things our team at work have been doing recently to maintain some sort of social connection and to enable some of the newer members of our team to get to know one another is something called coffee roulette. Basically you’re paired up with another member of…

Review: Workers on Arrival

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Workers On Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America by Joe William Trotter, Jr.(University of California, 2019) Joe William Trotter, Jr., is distinguished professor of history at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Workers on Arrival is a superb, meticulously researched account of the contributions and challenges of black workers throughout American history. The focus here is not all…