Category: Unsolved Problems

How Do You Smile through a Mask?

By Sarah Heynemann, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. It’s a pretty difficult time to be giving bad news to patients in the hospital at present. A young patient presents with a seeming innocuous musculoskeletal complaint and leaves hospital the recipient of an advanced incurable cancer. How do you relay this news with compassion and empathy at any…

Leading Betwixt and Between

By Lisa Slayton, reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. There is a marvelously breathtaking moment when we watch the trapeze artist flying through the air as she releases one swing and looks suspended, seemingly weightless, high above the ground before she reaches to grab onto the next swing or the hands of her partner. While it fascinates us to watch, we…

What Do I Do on “LGBTIQA+ Awareness Day”?

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. It was wonderful to be invited into the Reserve Bank of Australia, an august institution which helps to regulate our economy. Its values are integrity, respect, excellence, intelligent inquiry and promoting the public interest.I had just finished talking about how we should remove the sacred-secular divide, live out our faith at…

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…

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…

Why the Pandemic Is Great News for Faith-Work Connection

Reprinted from Workship. There have been a lot of terrible things that have happened in the area that takes up most of our lives, that is work, during this time of coronavirus: Many people have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic; and hardest hit are people with precarious work in hospitality, the arts and tourism Some people…

Gearshifts: From Return to Work to Realign to Work

By Lisa Slayton; part one of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. I learned to drive a stick shift in 1976 in a light blue 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. For anyone who remembers learning to drive a four- or five-speed, you know that sound that occurs when the gears grind. It is a bad sound, kind of sets your teeth on edge.…

What Does Justice Require?

Excerpt from Economic Wisdom for Churches. THESIS 50: Christians should be taught that if the pope knew about the exploitation practiced by the indulgence-preachers, he would burn the church of St. Peter to ashes rather than build it with the skin, flesh and bones of the sheep. Martin Luther, 95 Theses Jobs, poverty, globalization, environment, debt, racism, trade – does…