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.

“I Can’t Breathe”: George Floyd, the Gospel and Our Response

By Chris Brooks, reprinted from Made to Flourish; this article originally appeared at woodsidebible.org. Last week, I lost my breath. My breathlessness came because of watching the now viral video of a man gasping for the desperately needed air his lungs begged for. He pleaded with the police officer whose knee was crushing his windpipe as he moaned out the words,…

When Pleasing God Is a Paradox

By Jim Grubs, reprinted from Minding the Gap. In my recent reading, I’ve come across Parker Palmer who’s written the book On the Brink of Everything. It’s a book about the latter years of living; looking at many of the principles he’s found important to him. From the title above, you’ve probably guessed one of them is the principle of paradox.…

Seminary Spotlight: Covenant Theological Seminary

By Dan Doriani, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Rooted in the Reformed and Kuyperian traditions, Covenant Theological Seminary offers students both specific courses on work and a curriculum-wide approach to engagement with the labor of humanity and of believers in particular. Covenant Seminary students initially engage work in the classroom through a first-year course, taught by three professors, titled Calling,…

Hearing Diverse Voices on the Secular-Sacred Divide

By Chigor Chike, reprinted from Everyday Faith. Adapted from an Inspiring Everyday Faith Webinar held on Wednesday 25 March 2020. Everyday Faith and the Secular-Sacred Distinction For the church it is important that in our gatherings and discussions we find opportunities to include people of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) heritage. There is often a useful, different perspective that…

Myths & Truths: From Work/Life to Dimensions of Life

By Lisa Slayton; part seven of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. MYTH #6: I can (or it is possible to) achieve work/life balance if I am clear on my calling. This past weekend I spent two days becoming certified as a coach for the Designing Your Life (DYL) process with Bill Burnett. Leveraging the principles of Design Thinking –…

Designing Workplaces to Be More Human

By Jeff Haanen, reprinted from the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. We spend about a third of our waking lives at work. And yet, for the majority of people, work is not much more than a paycheck. We feel lonely, especially men. We feel like there’s a gap between our job responsibilities and our own potential. We often feel exhausted and question…

Rethinking Retirement

By David Williamson. Legendary sports writer Sid Hartman turned 100 on March 15. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune produced a full 18-page special section of the paper that day celebrating Sid’s 100th birthday. He was a local and perhaps national legend in part because every notable person he met or interviewed became one of Sid’s “close personal friends.” Subsections of the special…

The Work of Waiting for Work

By Kelli Sallman, reprinted from Made to Flourish. Record layoffs. Seclusion. Loss. In three weeks, Americans filed more than 30 million unemployment claims and more are coming. Shelter-in-place rules, age, illness, and the broad loss of livelihoods have stripped away roles and outlets for talents that help form self-identity and purposeful work. For many in our communities, the world has become a…

Showing Up – For Such a Time as This

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Much of the world is sharing the experience of “sheltering in place” to “flatten the curve” in the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of us are dealing, simultaneously, with an unfamiliar cascade of emotions. Who would imagine looking to Harvard Business Review for guidance? So Scott Berinato’s recent HBR article was a surprising gift. “We feel the world has changed,…

COVID-19: Five Ways Your Church Can Respond

By Laura Haley, reprinted from The Chalmers Center. We’re all reeling from the changes the world has experienced almost overnight from the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to the very real dangers the disease itself poses, the upending of our economic, social, and educational systems is taking a toll on us all. Even church services have been forced to move online,…