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 Ministry of Reconciliation: Workplaces and Racial Injustice

By John Terrill, reprinted from Made to Flourish. As pastors, we can forget that the American workplace – in addition to the local church – might be one of the most important settings to prompt enduring change with respect to racial equality. Institutions engender commitment, demand results and challenge us to rebuild vital social capital that has been lost in…

Changing the “Standard Story” of Microfinance

Reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Maria walked to the front of God’s Compassion Church of Manila and testified, “My child would have died had it not been for the help of the members of the savings group. I was able to get a loan for the medicine, and they also prayed for me and visited my sick child.” Maria sat…

Learning from Lean, Part 3

By Andrew Parris and Don Pope, reprinted from Christian Business Review. Citations have been omitted. Part three of a series. We propose seven principles of Lean that make it more understandable and applicable to a wider variety of organizations, along the lines of those cited above who studied the origins of Lean… 4. The Greatest Long-Term Gains Are Achieved Incrementally and Continuously While…

The Changing World of Work

By Jeff Haanen, reprinted from the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. Part one of two. It was the second week of the pandemic. Late March 2020. I was driving back home from the office, trying to figure out what this would mean for Denver Institute, and for my own work. As I headed south on Santa Fe, just across…

Race in the Workplace

By Fletcher Lowe, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. We at Partners for Baptismal Living have been exploring how race impacts our daily lives. There is a major contrast. Here are conversations with two African Americans. A former CEO of a large Richmond, VA hospital said that white privilege is subtlety present as he interacts with white folks in the workplace.…

Review: Economic Dignity

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Gene Sperling was director of the National Economic Council under both President Obama (2011–2014) and President Clinton (1997–2001). Sperling is the author of The Pro-Growth Progressive (2005); co-author of What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment (2004, 2016); founded the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution; has been a senior economic…

Working with Non-Believers

By Jim Grubs, reprinted from Minding the Gap.  Throughout history, there is the theme of sacred and secular. However, there have, and continue to be, a stream of people (among them Francis of Assisi) who say “Given the belief that God created all there is and God is sovereign; then, there can be no sacred and secular – all is…

Seminary Spotlight: Asbury Theological Seminary

By Jay Moon, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Note: Appropriately for the new pandemic reality, this spotlight update comes to you via Zoom video. A transcript, with links to the resources discussed in the video, is provided below. Transcript Hello, I’m Jay Moon, one of the directors of the Office of Faith, Work and Economics at Asbury Theological Seminary in…

Work from the Beginning: Genesis 2

By David Williamson, part three of a series. There are several nudges or suggestions in the early chapters of Genesis that work is done in the context of teams. No grand, rugged individualism, independence or autonomy here! The need for teamwork is most directly stated in Genesis 2:5: “There was no one to till the ground.” In this second account of…

Is the Vocation Conversation Just for the 1%?

By Chris Armstrong, reprinted from Made to Flourish. “The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.” Genesis 2:15 (CSB) You may have heard (or even asked) the following question about vocation or calling: “Isn’t the whole vocation conversation just for the ‘one percent’?” What the questioner means…