However, for too long too many Christians have sensed that their calling at work is second best; and that pastoral ministry and missionary service are the vocations that really matter. To that end, with the support of the Australian College of Theology, we will be running an inaugural biennial Transforming Vocation conference on 4—6 July at Morling College.
Mark Greene from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, one of the leaders of the faith and work movement in the UK, will be the keynote speaker. The aim of the conference is twofold. First, we want to provide an opportunity for participants to engage at the highest level in theological and practical reflection on the nature of work, the changing cultural and economic landscape in which we now operate as workers, and how churches and their leaders can more effectively equip their members to think well and live faithfully as workers.
Second, we want to further the development of a vibrant network of thinkers and practitioners in the integration of faith and work across the evangelical theological colleges of Australia and New Zealand, and so contribute to the burgeoning evangelical faith and work movement. View All Events.
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First Name. We truly hope that the content of this congress testifies the wisdom of those words.
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On the basis of the Christian anthropology —a relational anthropology—no profit is legitimate when it falls short of the objective of the integral promotion of the human person, the universal destination of goods, and the preferential option for the poor. Is this utopia or is it challenging but achievable?
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How could our role as business leaders —typically understood as profit maximizers—be reconciled with these requirements? What a challenge… What a journey! Frequently many considerations for an ethical discernment regarding some aspects of the present economic system focus their attention mainly on a sound critique of it and in propositional changes to its structural factors. Nonetheless, the individual characteristics of the main actors and decision makers in the system —namely financial and economic business leaders and market participants—do play a significant role as catalysts of a new social behavior and the way they interact with the existing structures and how they will react to new ones become critical in shaping actions to the search for the common good and to the establishment of these actions on the sound principles of solidarity and subsidiarity.
In a very dynamic economic-financial system, with an extremely rapid pace of change brought by innovation, creativity and instant communications, adequate regulations will tend to lag no matter how quickly they adapt to new circumstances or how rapidly abuses or surpasses become known. Self-regulations based on a principled business performance are of paramount importance in these cases and the ethical conduct of the business leader is key to ensure an unconditional respect of the human dignity.
Consequently, current and future business leaders are required to be exposed to a broader understanding of the economy and finance in light of a vision of the totality of the human person which avoids its reduction to only some of his or her dimensions or, in our context, to just an homo oeconomicus.
Transforming Vocation - Work and Faith Conference
We are convinced otherwise, as this conference proves. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to engage at the highest level in theological and practical reflection on the nature of work, the changing cultural and economic landscape in which we now operate as workers, and how churches and their leaders can more effectively equip their members to think well and live faithfully as workers. Papers from graduate students, established teachers, thoughtful workplace practitioners and professional scholars addressing one or more of those themes will be welcomed.