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Seminary Community Lunch: Calling in the Theology of Work

Date Tuesday, February 16, 2016
12 - 1:30 p.m.
FeaturingWilliam Messenger, Executive Editor of the Theology of Work Project, Inc.
Location Lower Campus Center
SponsorsBethel Seminary's Work with Purpose initiative

Event Description

Please join us for our next Work with Purpose Seminary Community Lunch with special guest William Messenger, executive editor of the Theology of Work Project, Inc.

Human work is a blessing from God. But, like the rest of God’s creation, work is deeply tainted by the Fall. We work, but find ourselves dissatisfied. We suffer from bad bosses, racism and discrimination, conflict with coworkers, and the tension between work and family life. We struggle to make enough money to support ourselves and our families. Job loss and unemployment are never far from our minds.

But the Gospel is good news! This means the Christians’ work – our commitment to bring God’s truth, love, and human dignity to the work lives of all people – has never been so important! How can God’s Word give us the resources to persevere, the winsomeness to witness, the character to be just, and the calling to make a difference? How can our work lives matter? The Theology of Work Project’s research to apply the whole of scripture to the full breadth of faith, work, and economics brings practical answers to these questions and more.

Lunch is provided. No registration required.

More About Our Speaker

William Messenger served as the director of the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2008 and an adjunct faculty member there. He created and led the seminary’s doctoral and master’s degree
programs in workplace leadership and business ethics. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member of Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School (Auckland, New Zealand) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) and as a guest lecturer in business ethics at Holy Cross College (Worcester, MA).

Will is a member of the Board of Directors of ArQule, Inc., a biotechnology company near Boston, where he chairs the compensation, nominating, and governance committee and is a member of the audit committee. He previously worked as a sales representative at IBM, corporate finance associate at Goldman Sachs, consultant at McKinsey & Co., and vice president of sales and marketing at Advanced Metabolic Systems. Will is ordained in the Episcopal Church and formerly served as pastor of Charles River Church in Boston and assistant rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Belmont, MA.

Will earned a B.S. in physics from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Questions?

Contact Erin Rupe at 651.638.6480 or e-rupe@bethel.edu.