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

Aug 1, 2018 9:15am ‐ Aug 1, 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: Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

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Morning Lecture Series: Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

Aug 1, 2018 10:45am ‐ Aug 1, 2018 12:00pm

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is chief executive officer of 20-first, where she works with the CEOs, executive committees and top management teams of some of the world’s best known companies to identify the business opportunities of gender balance and how best to achieve it. She speaks on leadership, “gender bilingual” marketing and talent management across the globe and lectures at business schools, including INSEAD and HEC Paris. She also serves as an executive coach for CEOs and senior executives.

Wittenberg-Cox has written extensively on gender balance, including three books: Seven Steps to Leading Gender-Balanced Businesses, How Women Mean Business: A Step by Step Guide to Profiting from Gender Balanced Business, and Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of Our Next Economic Revolution, which won the prestigious Manpower Business Book of the Year award. She also writes a blog for Harvard Business Review and is the first female columnist for Der Spiegel’s Manager Magazine.

The founder and honorary president of the European Professional Women’s Network, Wittenberg-Cox has been recognized by ELLE Magazine as one of the TOP 40 Women Leading Change. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from INSEAD.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: John J. Scherer

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: John J. Scherer

Aug 1, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 1, 2018 3:15pm

Rev. Dr. John J. Scherer is Founder & President of the Scherer Leadership Center.  As a former Combat Officer on a US Navy Destroyer, Lutheran Chaplain at Cornell University, Gestalt and Family Systems Therapist, Graduate School co-creator, author, successful change consultant and entrepreneur, John brings a unique perspective to his life and work.  Business and community leaders from 42 nations have graduated from his Executive and Leadership Development Intensives.

In 2008 John came to Poland ‘for six months’ to introduce his unique approach to Leadership Development in the world of work and Facilitating Change in individuals, teams, and larger systems.  Central/Eastern Europe proved to be VERY interested in what he had to offer, and more and more clients began to engage his services, including Siemens, Roche, Netia, PLAY, Unilever, WARTA, Tchibo, DHL, Price Waterhouse Cooper, ING, and ALIOR, as well as Boeing, Microsoft, The US Army, the Government of Canada and many others.

John is the creator of hundreds of articles and online media, including The Scherer Leadership Report, and is author of Work and the Human Spirit (1993), Five Questions that Change Everything (2008), and the recent Polish version, Wiser at Work: Five Questions that Change the Way You Lead (2012). A prodigious writer, his work has been translated into 15 languages.  The Stephen Covey organization honored John as one of America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Personal/Leadership Development, and in 2015 the International Organization Development Network recognized him with their coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is one of the living experts on the deep development of leaders and the Action Research approach to facilitating change. 

Living and working from a base in Warsaw, Poland, he is known around the world for his ability to connect with leaders and front-line staff in bringing about profound individual breakthroughs and workplace-wide transformations.  A father of four ‘wonderfully grown and gifted artistic’ children, he runs, does yoga, still performs the occasional magic show, and loves to read a good spy novel. 

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Morning Worship Service: Skye Jethani

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Morning Worship Service: Skye Jethani

Aug 2, 2018 9:15am ‐ Aug 2, 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: Jeremy Bailenson

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Morning Lecture Series: Jeremy Bailenson

Aug 2, 2018 10:45am ‐ Aug 2, 2018 12:00pm

Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Faculty Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity. 

Bailenson studies the psychology of Virtual Reality (VR), in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. His lab builds and studies systems that allow people to meet in virtual space, and explores the changes in the nature of social interaction. His most recent research focuses on how VR can transform education, environmental conservation, empathy, and health.

His work has been consistently funded by the National Science Foundation for more than a decade, and he also receives grants from various Silicon Valley and international corporations. Bailenson has published more than 100 academic papers, and his writing has appeared in numerous publications. In addition to producing three VR documentary experiences, which have been official selections at the Tribeca Film Festival, Bailenson is the co-author of Infinite Reality and author of Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do.

Bailenson earned a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University.

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  • Jeremy Bailenson, found director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Daniel Cohen

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Daniel Cohen

Aug 2, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 2, 2018 3:15pm

Popular motivator, mentor, and inspirational speaker, Rabbi Daniel Cohen’s unique blend of authenticity, humor, wisdom, and insight helps anyone better navigate contemporary society and lead a life of legacy. Rabbi Cohen has served in the rabbinate for over twenty years and currently serves as senior Rabbi at Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, CT, the largest modern orthodox synagogue in New England.

Rabbi Cohen is author What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? Creating a Life of Legacy. He is co-host with Reverend Greg Doll of the nationally syndicated Radio Show, The Rabbi and the Reverendand writes for the Huffington Post Blog and is a Bottom Line Inc. Expert. He enjoys doing magic shows, playing sports, writing, searching for God, and living life with joy and an ever-present smile! 

Rabbi Cohen and Diane are the grateful parents of six daughters. For more information about Rabbi Cohen visit www.rabbidanielcohen.com.

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CLSC: Jessica Bruder

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CLSC: Jessica Bruder

Aug 2, 2018 3:00pm ‐ Aug 2, 2018 4:00pm

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. These invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers."

In a secondhand vehicle she christens “Van Halen,” Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately, telling a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive.

Jessica Bruder is an award-winning journalist whose work focuses on subcultures and the dark corners of the economy. Her work on Nomadland spanned three years and more than 15,000 miles of driving—from coast to coast and from Mexico to the Canadian border. She has written for Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, WIRED, and The Guardian. Bruder teaches at the Columbia School of Journalism.

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Morning Worship Service: Skye Jethani

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Morning Worship Service: Skye Jethani

Aug 3, 2018 9:15am ‐ Aug 3, 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: Arthur C. Brooks

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Morning Lecture Series: Arthur C. Brooks

Aug 3, 2018 10:45am ‐ Aug 3, 2018 12:00pm

Arthur C. Brooks has been president of the American Enterprise Institute since Jan. 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

Before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Before pursuing his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book is the New York Times bestseller The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America. Other books include The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise and The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future. He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook Social Entrepreneurship.

Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

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Interfaith Friday: Asher Lopatin

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Interfaith Friday: Asher Lopatin

Aug 3, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 3, 2018 3:15pm

Rabbi Asher Lopatin is president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT), an Orthodox rabbinical school that teaches an inclusive and welcoming Torah. Prior to assuming the presidency of YCT in 2013, for eighteen years he served as rabbi of Anshe Sholom Congregation, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Chicago. In August Rabbi Lopatin will be returning to the pulpit to start a new Modern Orthodox synagogue in Detroit, as well as focusing on his lifetime passion of bringing people together by starting a university-oriented Center for Civil Discourse.  

Rabbi Lopatin received ordination from Rav Ahron Soloveichik and Yeshivas Brisk in Chicago, and from Yeshiva University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. In 1987 Rabbi Lopatin began five years of graduate work to study Islam as a Rhodes Scholar. He completed an M. Phil in Medieval Arabic Thought from Oxford University, and continued on to study Islamic Fundamentalism and its attitudes towards Jews as a doctoral student at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Rabbi Lopatin has written chapters in over twenty books as well as numerous articles. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, co-chaired the Jewish-Muslim Community-Building Initiative in Chicago, and has been listed several years in Newsweek’s “Top 50 Rabbis.”

Rabbi Lopatin is married to Rachel Tessler Lopatin, also a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and together they have four children.

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