In this issue we publish three substantial articles of contrasting styles. We believe that each warrants careful attention and imaginative application.
American academic and lay pastor William Sauser juxtaposes The Rule of St Benedict and modern leadership theorists Kouzesï¿½ and Posnerï¿½s The Leadership Challenge. Although these two works might seem to occupy different worlds, Sauser systematically shows how they are united by five common themes: model the way; inspire a shared vision; challenge the process; enable others to act; encourage the heart. In fact, Kouzes and Posner even have a thing or two to learn from St Benedict!
Peter Curran draws both on doctoral research and his experience of working in HR for a major multi-national company in ï¿½Justice and trust when organisations downsizeï¿½. Companies still have difficulty in dealing with this persistent issue without provoking resentment and feelings of betrayal and injustice. Peter believes that clear leadership, good communication, consistently implemented processes and sensitive treatment ï¿½ all topics on which Christians have something to say ï¿½ can make a difference.
Industrial chaplain Peter Sellick is immersed in fascinating research on the way artists have portrayed people at work. The underlying question provoked for him by these paintings is ï¿½What is work for?ï¿½ Peter reflects on theological themes in a suggestive and allusive way, throwing up many interesting questions for readers to follow up. We hope, too, that you like the paintings!
A third Peter ï¿½ our regular contributor Peter Heslam ï¿½ weighs in with some topical thoughts on developments in the Middle East and North Africa. We also include four book reviews: James Allcock making interesting observations about Peter Shawï¿½s two latest books in the light of his own career; PhD student Stuart Weir introducing the book that has emerged from Eve Pooleï¿½s successfully completed PhD, The Church on Capitalism; and Hugh Kay lecturer Chris Stephens commending a secular book which has attracted much public attention, The Spirit Level. Richard Higginson concludes with a review of Brian Bookï¿½s critical look at technology.
We are very pleased to welcome a new editor, Fiona Stewart-Darling, who replaces David Driscoll. Fiona introduced herself to readers in FiBQ 13:3 with her piece on Chaplaincy in the Global Market Place. She is the Bishopï¿½s Chaplain in the Docklands to the International financial Business Community as well as to other business sectors in Canary Wharf. She has been a chaplain for 17 years; the latter 7 in her present role enables her to bring another perspective on the role of work and work practices in the life of businesses and individuals.begin with Chris Stephens’ Hugh Kay Memorial Lecture on Pay, Poverty, Inequality. As the Chairman of Traidcraft he has had the serious ethical dilemmas of sitting on award committees where the top pay award varied from £750k to £240k to an average of £35k. He came away ‘comfortable’ with each decision but preparing for the lecture made him increasingly uncomfortable. We follow his thinking as he explores the challenges from a Christian perspective, and at the end wonder whether next year his contributions to the pay award processes will be rather different.
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Volume 14.1 – What is work for?The full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.1 – Book review: Christian Ethics in a Technological AgeThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.1 – Book review: The Church on CapitalismThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.1 – Book review: Defining Moments/Effective Christian LeadersThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.1 – Book review: The Spirit LevelThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.1 – A Winter’s Tale and an Arab SpringThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.1 – Sage Advice for Christian LeadersThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.1 – Justice and trustThe full article is available for download here Read more