Faith and Work
The National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice wants to promote an understanding of a spirituality of labor and leisure through its Faith and Work Congregational Study Guide on Worker Justice. Produced for both Christian and Jewish communities, this resource draws on scripture to encourage reflection and dialogue about the way we view work.
In one exercise, readers study cartoons and jokes reflecting common attitudes about the nature of work and then compare them to the attitudes toward work in scripture. Charts are provided to record the amount of time a person spends in compensated work vs. uncompensated work (such as your own child care and house cleaning) as well as time spent with family and friends, church time, and personal time.
The study also covers the history of religious support for workers, including the Jewish Labor Committee and the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement to labor issues.
The Faith and Work Study Guide is available for $3 a copy; an accompanying video is $15 (add $5 shipping and handling for any order up to 10 study guides) through the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice at 1607 W. Howard St., Suite 218, Chicago, IL 60626; (312) 381-2832.
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