Today my focus is the integration of Faith-Work-Culture as a central part of life.
I am privileged to participate in a panel discussion on Capitol Hill Wednesday with seminary scholars, policy makers and leaders who care deeply about the integration of our work, our faith and our culture. Here is the focus of the discussion:
- Centuries ago St. Augustine wrote City of God to explore what is the rightful and moral duty of Christians engaging in the public square. Today, the questions and tensions that plague public life in our capital city are no less fraught and frustrating than they were in his, ages ago.
- Drawing from the insight and experience of practitioners across the scope of public policy’s reach and application this panel will explore the role Christians have to act justly and walk humbly across partisan lines, in neighborhood communities, and global conflicts, in the committee rooms of capitol hill, and the board rooms of K street.
- While acknowledging the reality of politics and policy native to Capitol Hill, this panel will instead focus on the responsibility Christians have to support and engage the development of flourishing communities in every corner of the earth.
I come as a representative from three spheres.
First, as thinker and change agent in an institution, as a representative from TIU where we are seeking to bring a more robust engagement with “vocational theology” so that faculty, staff and students see the faith-work-culture tension as a central, not tertiary, part of life.
Second, I come as a common worker. Like you, I engage in meaningful labor and have done so since I was 15. I have had a dozen roles in my work history: as a camp counselor, lifeguard, groundskeeper, financial analyst, sales rep, painter, pastor, professor and a leadership consultant.
Third, I sit here as a human being. I know that’s stating the obvious. But it is the one thing we all have in common. We all want to flourish as people living in this 21st century world – economically, spiritually, vocationally, physically, and emotionally.
So I am eager to learn and contribute during these 30 hours.
But I need your help – really.
What questions or thoughts do you have about human flourishing as it relates to the integration and interaction of Faith-Work-Culture?
We need to keep breaking down the clergy-laity division. And we need to see the worlds of work and culture as much more than mission fields on the one hand, or places to avoid “lest we be corrupted” on the other.
What are your thoughts and questions?
I would love to hear them before we engage on the hill tomorrow. Everyone wants to change the world- but not everyone wants to change. I want to change personally as I participate. I hope you can help.
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