This past weekend, one of my pastoral colleagues Andrew Jones and I had the privilege of joining over 260 leaders in the faith and work movement for the Faith@Work Summit.
We met for two days in Boston for the purpose of assessing the faith and work movement. Where are we now? And what still needs to be done. I heard and read many positive comments like, “This was indeed a defining moment in the faith at work movement,” “I can’t wait to see how the effects of this summit continue to ripple outward over the coming months,” “The conference was outstanding, an important moment of maturation for the movement,” and “An amazing event that was clearly God inspired and Spirit led.”
I too was very encouraged by the outstanding talks delivered and the delightful diversity that was represented at the summit. I was given the opportunity to give one of the TED type talks focusing on Jesus’ teaching on The Great Commandment and the importance of indwelling a neighborly love that embraces both Christ-like compassion as well as economic capacity. In my own congregation as well as across our nation, the cry I hear is not only whether my work really matters, but whether there is work for me to do. What the world needs now is jobs sweet jobs, yet by and large the church is awkwardly silent. We must realize both theologically and sociologically that a vital aspect of human flourishing is economic flourishing. God cares about human economic life and so should we. (If you would like to check out the talk I gave in Boston, I don’t believe it is available to be downloaded yet, but when it is I will let you know in a later blog). The organizers of Faith@Work are planning to publish a forthcoming book from the talks given at the summit.
I am grateful for David Gill, Bill Peel and Al Erisman who provided such capable leadership for our time together. I was also delighted to catch up with many friends in Boston who share the same passion for connecting Sunday to Monday. I was encouraged that God is using Work Matters in many spaces and places including the country of Bolivia. Who could have imagined that?