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.

“Everywhere Saints” During Pandemic

By Fletcher Lowe, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. One of my favorite hymns, especially around All Saints, is “I sing a song of the Saints of God” – with one big exception: Toward the end of the second stanza are these words, “…and one was slain by a fierce wild beast, and there’s not any reason, no not the least, why…

Workplace Discipleship 101 Webinar on Nov. 21

Reprinted from The 313. A WorkPlace 313 Virtual ForumSaturday, November 21, 2020•9:00-10:30 a.m. Pacific Time Stepping Into the AdventureWorkplace Discipleship 101 An Exploration Moderated by Donna Wright Somerville This month, on November 21, we explore the Workplace Discipleship 101 adventure. Workplace Discipleship 101: A Primer is the ninth book published by Workplace 313 Executive Director David Gill. He sees it as, in many respects, the culmination of his long career teaching Christian…

Seminary Spotlight: Seattle Pacific Seminary

By Katherine Douglass, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. This past quarter at Seattle Pacific Seminary, I taught a course entitled Vocational Discernment and Discipleship. This course is described as “explor[ing] various models of Christian discipleship that are intended to sustain a lifetime of ministry, and various processes of vocational discernment.” One of the challenges many Christians face is having a…

Work, From the Beginning

By David Williamson, part one of a series. From the beginning, at the dawn of history, men and women are called first into a relationship with God. Then, secondly, they are called to participate with God in exercising “dominion” – managing, shaping, designing and developing the world that God has created and entrusted to humans. The creator God is an…

Remember, Zoom Is Also “Real Life”

By Laura Cerbus, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. This year has been filled with events that we did not anticipate. They have altered our lives profoundly, and I find myself again and again longing for real life – to teach “for real” and not on Zoom, to go to church “for real” and not on Zoom, to…

Why Family-Sensitive Workplaces Were More Prepared for Pandemic

By Rachael Anderson, reprinted from Made to Flourish. When I show up for work, hours after wrangling breakfast for my two school-age children, I work alongside colleagues with newborns at home, those who have no children those who spent yesterday afternoon taking an aging parent to the doctor. Our various life stages and stations are each worthy of respect and…

The Mirage of the “Return to Work”

By Lisa Slayton, reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. As I work with leaders around the country, I am paying careful attention to both the words being used as well as the intent behind those words. “When we get back to work…” or “When we can get back to normal…” is a common refrain. These words and the thinking behind them are…

Don’t Fix People, Fix Relationships

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. I am a life-long, baptized member of the laity. I understand that to mean I have a ministry in my daily life, above and beyond whatever I might be doing for my faith community. All my life, I’ve felt called to be the church, at work wherever I find myself. I used to think…

Gleaning: Leave Some for Others

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. What would an economic system look like if God designed it? I mean the God who loves everybody on earth. The God who loves the poor as well as the rich, east and south as well as north and west. Would it be all about free enterprise and individual responsibility, relying on the “invisible…