A pastor asks congregation members about their work in business.

“I must admit that this is the first time one of my pastors has ever asked me about what I do. Thank you for asking. I had long ago thought that anything corporate related was out of bounds for clergy to discuss or frankly they just didn’t care. Happily, you have proved to be an exception to the rule.”

The quote above is an excerpt from an email sent to Pastor Meghan Gage-Finn from a member of her congregation. Meghan is a participant in the Collegeville Institute Fellows Program. Her email exchange with this congregant took place after the Fellows gathered in January to hear from business leaders and a regional economist about the future of Minnesota’s economy.

One of the speakers said that in his forty years in business, his pastor had never asked him about his life and work as a person in business. All the fellows took this to heart; Meghan went further, interviewing business leaders in her congregation and then preaching about what she learned.
The Collegeville Institute Fellows Program brings an ecumenical group of twelve participants together with professionals from other sectors of Minnesota society, toward the goal of helping to strengthen these religious leaders’ sense of themselves as civic leaders and public theologians. In addition to business, the fellows engage professionals on the topics of criminal justice, poverty, immigration, health care, and education. A second cohort will begin in 2015.
Read about the most recent Fellows gathering, on the topic of criminal justice: Confronting the Challenges of the Criminal Justice System »

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Last week we hosted Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and a group of thoughtful participants in Writing to Change the World, our sixth writing workshop of the summer. Like Jonathan, many of the participants were members of intentional Christian communities, and all of them were committed to bearing witness to a Christian vision of justice and peace.
Read more about Writing to Change the World »

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