The Changing Nature of Work

Jul 28, 2018 ‐ Aug 4, 2018


The Changing Nature of Work

The state of work in America exists in contradictions. Wealth creation is up, but the per-capita GDP is stagnating. Working-class wages have been flat for decades, but the “gig economy” is booming. This week we study the nature of work in this country, examining the future of automation, the changing role of labor unions, the identity politics of the working classes, and the disappearing line in work-life balance. We look across generations and social classes, seeking to find who we are in a culture that ties identity to the jobs we hold, and reclaiming and honoring the dignity of work.

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Interfaith Lecture Theme :: A Spirituality of Work

Judaism and Christianity, as well as other faith traditions, espouse various perspectives regarding the nature of work. What are the practices and disciplines within religions which foster an understanding of work as inherently spiritual? Does the American spirit of rugged individualism help or hurt in understanding our relationship to work? Why do Americans seem to overly identify with their jobs? Why does “What do you do?” almost immediately follow asking someone their name? Why do people (and especially men) often experience a spiritual crisis upon retirement and the ending of “work” as a focus of their lives? Does economic inequality or wealth associated with work impact us spiritually? This week will strive to help us uncover the spiritual nature of our working lives.


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Morning Worship Service: Skye Jethani

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Morning Worship Service: Skye Jethani

Jul 29, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 29, 2018 12:00pm

Skye Jethani is an author, speaker, consultant, and ordained pastor, and co-host of the popular Phil Vischer Podcast, a weekly show that blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Between 2004 and 2015 Skye occupied numerous roles at Christianity Today, a leading communications ministry launched by Billy Graham. He served as both the managing and senior editor of Leadership Journal, as the Director of Mission Advancement for CT, and as senior producer of This Is Our City, a multi-year, multi-city project telling the stories of Christians working for the common good of their communities.

A sought after consultant for groups facing challenges at the intersection of faith and culture like The Lausanne Movement, The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Interfaith Youth Core, Skye has written for Christianity Today‘s magazines and websites, The Washington PostRelevantChurchLeaders.com, and he is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.  He is frequently featured on radio programs around the country, including Moody Radio’s Midday Connection, WORDfm in Pittsburgh, Chicago Public Radio’s Vocolo, and 180 with Karl Clauson on 1160am in Chicago.

Prior to his roles with Christianity Today, Skye served for six years in full-time pastoral ministry as a teaching pastor at Wellspring Alliance church (formerly Blanchard Alliance Church) in Wheaton, Illinois. He is a “Featured Preacher” on PreachingToday.com, and speaks regularly at churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats both in the U.S. and internationally. In recent years he has preached at both megachurches and led small workshops on topics including faith and consumerism, leadership, interfaith cooperation, spiritual formation, global mission, church trends, Christianity and politics, biblical justice, faith and vocation, and Common Good Christianity. 

Author of numerous books, Skye also writes the WITH GOD DAILY DEVOTIONAL, a subscription-based daily email designed to help a smartphone generation begin the day with God. Ordained in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, a Protestant denomination established in 1887, Skye earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, having received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, concentrating in History and Comparative Religion with a special focus on Islam, as well as Buddhism, Judaism, and Early Christianity.

Skye and his wife, Amanda, have been friends since high school, were married in 1999, and have three children: Zoe, Isaac, and Lucy. Skye’s father immigrated to the United States from India, and growing up in a multi-ethnic home gave Skye a diverse outlook and broad exposure to cultures. Before college he had already traveled to nearly 30 foreign countries on 5 continents.  Skye is a nickname; his given name, Akash, is a Hindi name that means sky.

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  • Skye Jethani, director of clergy organizing, PICO National Network
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Vespers: Skye Jethani

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Vespers: Skye Jethani

Jul 29, 2018 5:00pm ‐ Jul 29, 2018 6:00pm

Skye Jethani is an author, speaker, consultant, and ordained pastor, and co-host of the popular Phil Vischer Podcast, a weekly show that blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Between 2004 and 2015 Skye occupied numerous roles at Christianity Today, a leading communications ministry launched by Billy Graham. He served as both the managing and senior editor of Leadership Journal, as the Director of Mission Advancement for CT, and as senior producer of This Is Our City, a multi-year, multi-city project telling the stories of Christians working for the common good of their communities.

A sought after consultant for groups facing challenges at the intersection of faith and culture like The Lausanne Movement, The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Interfaith Youth Core, Skye has written for Christianity Today‘s magazines and websites, The Washington PostRelevantChurchLeaders.com, and he is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.  He is frequently featured on radio programs around the country, including Moody Radio’s Midday Connection, WORDfm in Pittsburgh, Chicago Public Radio’s Vocolo, and 180 with Karl Clauson on 1160am in Chicago.

Prior to his roles with Christianity Today, Skye served for six years in full-time pastoral ministry as a teaching pastor at Wellspring Alliance church (formerly Blanchard Alliance Church) in Wheaton, Illinois. He is a “Featured Preacher” on PreachingToday.com, and speaks regularly at churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats both in the U.S. and internationally. In recent years he has preached at both megachurches and led small workshops on topics including faith and consumerism, leadership, interfaith cooperation, spiritual formation, global mission, church trends, Christianity and politics, biblical justice, faith and vocation, and Common Good Christianity. 

Author of numerous books, Skye also writes the WITH GOD DAILY DEVOTIONAL, a subscription-based daily email designed to help a smartphone generation begin the day with God. Ordained in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, a Protestant denomination established in 1887, Skye earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, having received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, concentrating in History and Comparative Religion with a special focus on Islam, as well as Buddhism, Judaism, and Early Christianity.

Skye and his wife, Amanda, have been friends since high school, were married in 1999, and have three children: Zoe, Isaac, and Lucy. Skye’s father immigrated to the United States from India, and growing up in a multi-ethnic home gave Skye a diverse outlook and broad exposure to cultures. Before college he had already traveled to nearly 30 foreign countries on 5 continents.  Skye is a nickname; his given name, Akash, is a Hindi name that means sky.

Speaker(s):
  • Skye Jethani, director of clergy organizing, PICO National Network
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Morning Worship Service: Skye Jethani

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Morning Worship Service: Skye Jethani

Jul 30, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jul 30, 2018 10:00am

Skye Jethani is an author, speaker, consultant, and ordained pastor, and co-host of the popular Phil Vischer Podcast, a weekly show that blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Between 2004 and 2015 Skye occupied numerous roles at Christianity Today, a leading communications ministry launched by Billy Graham. He served as both the managing and senior editor of Leadership Journal, as the Director of Mission Advancement for CT, and as senior producer of This Is Our City, a multi-year, multi-city project telling the stories of Christians working for the common good of their communities.

A sought after consultant for groups facing challenges at the intersection of faith and culture like The Lausanne Movement, The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Interfaith Youth Core, Skye has written for Christianity Today‘s magazines and websites, The Washington PostRelevantChurchLeaders.com, and he is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.  He is frequently featured on radio programs around the country, including Moody Radio’s Midday Connection, WORDfm in Pittsburgh, Chicago Public Radio’s Vocolo, and 180 with Karl Clauson on 1160am in Chicago.

Prior to his roles with Christianity Today, Skye served for six years in full-time pastoral ministry as a teaching pastor at Wellspring Alliance church (formerly Blanchard Alliance Church) in Wheaton, Illinois. He is a “Featured Preacher” on PreachingToday.com, and speaks regularly at churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats both in the U.S. and internationally. In recent years he has preached at both megachurches and led small workshops on topics including faith and consumerism, leadership, interfaith cooperation, spiritual formation, global mission, church trends, Christianity and politics, biblical justice, faith and vocation, and Common Good Christianity. 

Author of numerous books, Skye also writes the WITH GOD DAILY DEVOTIONAL, a subscription-based daily email designed to help a smartphone generation begin the day with God. Ordained in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, a Protestant denomination established in 1887, Skye earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, having received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, concentrating in History and Comparative Religion with a special focus on Islam, as well as Buddhism, Judaism, and Early Christianity.

Skye and his wife, Amanda, have been friends since high school, were married in 1999, and have three children: Zoe, Isaac, and Lucy. Skye’s father immigrated to the United States from India, and growing up in a multi-ethnic home gave Skye a diverse outlook and broad exposure to cultures. Before college he had already traveled to nearly 30 foreign countries on 5 continents.  Skye is a nickname; his given name, Akash, is a Hindi name that means sky.

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  • Skye Jethani, director of clergy organizing, PICO National Network
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Morning Lecture Series: Arun Sundararajan

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Morning Lecture Series: Arun Sundararajan

Jul 30, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 23, 2018 12:00pm

Arun Sundararajan is professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where his research topics include the sharing economy and the future of work. He is also the author of The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism.

As the world shifts from traditional organizations to digitally enabled markets and communities, Sundararajan is helping corporations and governments prepare for and thrive through the transformation. His scholarship has been recognized by seven Best Paper awards, two Google Faculty awards, an Axiom Best Business Books Award, and a Thnkers50 Radar Thinker Award. He has testified before numerous governing bodies, including the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Labor, the National Economic Council, and the European Parliament. Sundararajan is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Technology, Values and Policy, and is an advisor to organizations that include the National Academy of Science, the National League of Cities, the Royal Society for the Arts, and the Center for Global Enterprise. 

Sundararajan is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and the University of Rochester, where he received his masters and doctoral degrees.

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Lincoln Applied Ethics Series: Gary Marchant

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Lincoln Applied Ethics Series: Gary Marchant

Jul 30, 2018 12:30pm ‐ Jul 30, 2018 1:30pm

Gary Marchant, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.P., is Regents’ Professor, Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law & Ethics, and Faculty Director of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, at Arizona State University.  He teaches, researches and speaks on the governance of a wide range of emerging technologies.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Joan Chittister, OSB

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Joan Chittister, OSB

Jul 30, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jul 30, 2018 3:15pm

Joan Chittister, OSB is one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. For 40 years she has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. A much sought-after speaker, counselor and clear voice that bridges across all religions, she is also a best-selling author of more than 50 books, hundreds of articles, an online column for the National Catholic Reporter, and a blog for the Huffington Post. She has received numerous writing awards and honors for her work, and is a noted international lecturer as well as a former fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, England.

In 2015 Sister Joan was the featured guest of Oprah Winfrey on "Super Soul Sunday." She has appeared on “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert, “60 Minutes,” “CBS News,” “NOW” with Bill Moyers and numerous BBC and NPR programs including “Weekend Edition Sunday” with Liane Hansen and “On Being” with Krista Tippett. She is one of the most popular and requested speakers at the iconic Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York State.

In 2014 the Joan Chittister Lecture Series was inaugurated at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA, in conjunction with the dedication of The Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honor of Joan D. Chittister. In 2015 Sister Joan was "In Conversation" with Maria Shriver for the lecture series, and with Cokie Roberts in 2016.

Joan Chittister currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders. She was an adviser for the groundbreaking report, “A Woman’s Nation,” led by Maria Shriver (2009) and was a member of the TED prize-sponsored “Council of Sages,” an interfaith group that developed a Charter for Compassion (2009) being promulgated worldwide with all faith organizations.

She served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization of the leaders of Catholic religious women in the US, president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses, and was prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for 12 years. She received her doctorate in speech communications from Penn State University, the primary site of her archive collection.

Joan Chittister is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA. She is executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality and the founder and animator of Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers.

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Afternoon Lecture: Tim Ryan

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Afternoon Lecture: Tim Ryan

Jul 30, 2018 3:30pm ‐ Jul 30, 2018 4:30pm

Tim Ryan, U.S. representative, Ohio’s 13th congressional district

Tim Ryan, representing Ohio’s 13th District, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002. He is currently serving in his eighth term.

Ryan is a member of House Appropriations Committee; he also serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and is a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. Ryan serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus and is a leading voice fighting to strengthen America’s manufacturing base and reform U.S. trade policies. The Caucus examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, to operate on a level playing field with foreign competitors, and to obtain the capital they need to thrive.

He is the author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit and The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm.

Ryan has a law degree from the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center). He studied abroad as part of the Dickinson School of Law’s International Law Program. He received a BA in political science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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Morning Worship Service: Skye Jethani

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Morning Worship Service: Skye Jethani

Jul 31, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jul 31, 2018 10:00am

Skye Jethani is an author, speaker, consultant, and ordained pastor, and co-host of the popular Phil Vischer Podcast, a weekly show that blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Between 2004 and 2015 Skye occupied numerous roles at Christianity Today, a leading communications ministry launched by Billy Graham. He served as both the managing and senior editor of Leadership Journal, as the Director of Mission Advancement for CT, and as senior producer of This Is Our City, a multi-year, multi-city project telling the stories of Christians working for the common good of their communities.

A sought after consultant for groups facing challenges at the intersection of faith and culture like The Lausanne Movement, The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Interfaith Youth Core, Skye has written for Christianity Today‘s magazines and websites, The Washington PostRelevantChurchLeaders.com, and he is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.  He is frequently featured on radio programs around the country, including Moody Radio’s Midday Connection, WORDfm in Pittsburgh, Chicago Public Radio’s Vocolo, and 180 with Karl Clauson on 1160am in Chicago.

Prior to his roles with Christianity Today, Skye served for six years in full-time pastoral ministry as a teaching pastor at Wellspring Alliance church (formerly Blanchard Alliance Church) in Wheaton, Illinois. He is a “Featured Preacher” on PreachingToday.com, and speaks regularly at churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats both in the U.S. and internationally. In recent years he has preached at both megachurches and led small workshops on topics including faith and consumerism, leadership, interfaith cooperation, spiritual formation, global mission, church trends, Christianity and politics, biblical justice, faith and vocation, and Common Good Christianity. 

Author of numerous books, Skye also writes the WITH GOD DAILY DEVOTIONAL, a subscription-based daily email designed to help a smartphone generation begin the day with God. Ordained in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, a Protestant denomination established in 1887, Skye earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, having received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, concentrating in History and Comparative Religion with a special focus on Islam, as well as Buddhism, Judaism, and Early Christianity.

Skye and his wife, Amanda, have been friends since high school, were married in 1999, and have three children: Zoe, Isaac, and Lucy. Skye’s father immigrated to the United States from India, and growing up in a multi-ethnic home gave Skye a diverse outlook and broad exposure to cultures. Before college he had already traveled to nearly 30 foreign countries on 5 continents.  Skye is a nickname; his given name, Akash, is a Hindi name that means sky.

Speaker(s):
  • Skye Jethani, director of clergy organizing, PICO National Network
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Morning Lecture Series: Cathrael Kazin

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Morning Lecture Series: Cathrael Kazin

Jul 31, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 31, 2018 12:00pm

One of the nation’s foremost experts in competency-based learning and assessment, Cathrael Kazin serves as managing partner of Volta Learning Group, which designs new learning and credentialing strategies for evolving industries. Much of her work centers on reimagining postsecondary education to prepare all individuals for the future of work. She also recently helped Education Design Lab develop a series of badges for 21st-century workplace skills, such as resilience and creative problem-solving.

As founding Chief Academic Officer of College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, Kazin designed an award-winning competency-based model, which centers around realistic projects rather than exams and papers. CfA’s degree programs have enabled thousands of frontline employees to develop workplace-relevant skills while working full-time. Kazin also served as project director for a $3.93 million federal grant to develop a competency-based alternative to remedial education. Before joining SNHU, Kazin led initiatives to develop next generation assessments for 21st-century skills as Executive Director of the Higher Education Division at ETS. She currently serves as a director for the Competency-Based Education Network Board.

Kazin holds a PhD in English from Cornell University; a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and an bachelor’s degree from Smith College.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Maggie Jackson

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Maggie Jackson

Jul 31, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jul 31, 2018 3:15pm

Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and journalist whose acclaimed book Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention (2nd Ed., September 2018) has been compared to Silent Spring for its prescient warnings of our tech-driven crisis of inattention.  Now updated with a new preface, the book reveals the scientific discoveries that can help rekindle our powers of focus in a world of splintered attention. Named a Best Summer Book by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and featured in media worldwide, Distracted is "more essential than ever" (Nicholas Carr) and “concentrates the mind on a real problem of modern life” (The Wall Street Journal)

Jackson is known for her penetrating writings on social trends, particularly technology’s impact on humanity. Her commentary and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New Philosopher, and on National Public Radio, among many other publications across the globe.  Her essays feature in numerous anthologies, including State of the American Mind: Sixteen Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism (Templeton, 2015) and The Digital Divide: Arguments For and Against Facebook, Google, Texting and the Age of Social Networking (Penguin, 2011).

Jackson is the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and fellowships, including a 2016 Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowship and Media Awards from the Work-Life Council of the Conference Board; the Massachusetts Psychological Association; and the Women’s Press Club of New York. For a National Public Radio segment on the lack of labor protections offered to child newspaper carriers, she was a finalist for a Hillman Prize, one of journalism’s highest honors for social justice reporting.  Jackson also has served as an affiliate of the Institute of the Future in Palo Alto; a Journalism Fellow in Child and Family Policy at the University of Maryland; and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Museum for Art in Wood in Philadelphia. Her website has been named a Forbes Top 100 Site for Women three times.

Jackson has been a featured speaker at Harvard Business School, the New York Public Library, the annual invitation-only Forbes CMO summit, the Simmons and other top women’s leadership conferences, and other corporations, libraries, hospitals, schools, religious organizations, and bookstores. A graduate of Yale University and the London School of Economics with highest honors, Jackson lives with her family in New York and Rhode Island. Learn more at www.maggie-jackson.com.

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  • Maggie Jackson, author "Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age"
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