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    May 30-31

    Artists-In-Residence Announced for Spring 2014

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    The Center for Faith & Work is pleased to welcome our Spring 2014 artists-in-residence: filmmaker Ben Stamper and musician Julia Easterlin. Both artists were chosen from invited proposals that explored the idea of what it means to be “Fully Human”.  Each resident artist is now in the process of creating a brand new work on that theme, as it’s uniquely ... Read More »

    Where’s The Value in Calculated Risk?

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    An interesting situation has cropped up in the auto industry. On one side, you have GM embroiled in the midst of an embarrassing botched recall and on the other side is one of the most exciting and unlikely startups the country has ever seen. In the GM situation, a case can be made that the company did not believe a ... Read More »

    In The Living Room: Seven Weeks Exploring My Faith and Art

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    For seven weeks in January and February, I was part of a Center for Faith & Work Artist Intensive called In the Living Room. The  curriculum of the Living Room consisted of seven different themes, all tied to the role of the artist in the church. One week, we learned about  “The Artist as Creator.” Among all the wisdom I received ... Read More »

    Applying Scripture to Your Work

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    At the 2013 Humanizing Work Conference, Lourine Clark was one of the most popular speakers.  Here, Lourine speaks on how to apply the Bible’s ancient texts to our  contexts for flourishing in our work. Lourine will be speaking at our upcoming Faith & Work Prayer Night.     Read More »

    Toward a Theology of Dessert

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    I grew up in a home with very little baking. To smell the aroma of warm brownies or chocolate chip cookies coming from the kitchen was a rare and special occurrence. Every Christmas, however, my mom would spend days in the kitchen making her signature pastry—pumpkin bread. Her ingredients were simple: ground cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, salt, water, baking powder, ... Read More »

    Pastor & Ministry Leader Faith & Work Intensive

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    “In nothing has the Church so lost her hold on reality as in Her failure to understand and respect the secular vocation. She has allowed work and religion to become separate departments, and is astonished to find that, as a result, the secular work of the world is turned to purely selfish and destructive ends, and that the greater part ... Read More »

    CFW STORIES: EI & Firebone Theatre

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    Firebone Theatre received a Center for Faith & Work Entrepreneurship Initiative grant in 2013. Their founder, Chris Cragin Day, talks about the company’s entrepreneurial essence, their experience in working with Ei and CFW, and the impetus behind Firebone’s work. ”You don’t think of theater people as entrepreneurs, but actually that’s exactly what we are. We’re entrepreneurs every time we produce a show. We’re ... Read More »

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    Where’s The Value in Calculated Risk?

    File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit

    An interesting situation has cropped up in the auto industry. On one side, you have GM embroiled in the midst of an embarrassing botched recall and on the other side is one of the most exciting and unlikely startups the country has ever seen. In the GM situation, a case can be made that the company did not believe a ... Read More »

    Lecrae Moore: Influencing Culture

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    Sell out. Lecrae Moore has heard this a lot recently. The accusations are not because the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist was an indie underground sensation who has now become popular in mainstream culture. No, the accusations have come from people in the church who are angry that he is now sharing the stage with non-Christian rap artists like Wu-Tang Clan ... Read More »

    Corporate Social Responsibility

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    In CFW’s Gotham Fellowship, I learned that the first corporation was the church. This came as a surprise to many in the Gotham program. Probably because of the fact that the corporation is seen as this evil entity – polluting the waters of 3rd world countries, exploiting the most vulnerable and appeasing shareholders in a profit-maximizing firm. As the co-founder of ... Read More »

    Xu Bing Sculptures at St. John the Divine

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    At St. John the Divine, in Morningside Heights, artist Xu Bing has installed two phoenix sculptures made from what the New York Times describes as,”unexpected materials: feathers fashioned from impeccably layered shovels; crowns made of weathered hard hats; heads created from jackhammers; and birds’ bodies sculpted from other salvaged construction debris.” Having been asked to create sculptures for the World Financial ... Read More »

    Do What You Love/For the Love of Money

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    Seemingly positive and beneficial personal beliefs and aphorisms, such as Do What You Love, have consequences for the wider culture, as Miya Tokumitsu shows us in her article published in Slate. In the same way that doing what you love can be damaging if unchecked, Sam Polk describes first-hand how doing it For the Love of Money can have personal ... Read More »

    Genetically Modified Food: Good Stewardship Or Reckless Manipulation?

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    As Christians, we’re called to be good stewards of this earth and its resources. With this in mind, are genetically modified foods (GMOs, for genetically modified organisms) an insightful use of human ingenuity, or reckless manipulation of natural nutrition? The answer is likely nuanced. Corporate greed has utilized GMOs to double profits and monopolize certain crops, at the expense of ... Read More »

    Why Christians Should Care About Science

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    Recently, there were some troubling facts that came out of studies looking at American students’ competencies in several subject areas, including science and math.  Why should Christians care about how American culture interacts with science? Because it’s a direct application of what Jesus said were the greatest commandments: 1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart. Science is ... Read More »

    Educating People With Disabilities

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    In 1972, an intrepid reporter named Geraldo Rivera (you really get the mustache when you see a 1972 picture of him), then a reporter for WABC-TV, conducted a series of investigations at Willowbrook State School, an institution for children with intellectual disabilities on Staten Island. The children he found there were described as “living in filth and dirt, their clothing ... Read More »

    The Hashtag, The Wall Street and The Wardrobe

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    As someone who doesn’t use social media that much personally, I’ve been surprisingly excited watching the development of idea exchange platforms in a corporate setting like finance. An article in McKinsey Quarterly discusses how “leaders can realize the vast potential of social technologies to engage employees and transform organizations”. While the main purpose of the social media platform in my ... Read More »

    Neil Gaiman Wants You to Go to the Library – And So Do I

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    About a fortnight ago, author Neil Gaiman gave a lecture about the importance of reading and libraries in both the individual and common good. It’s lengthy, but well worth a read (or five!). In particular, Gaiman highlights the importance of libraries as homes of not just books, but information that can be accessed freely by anyone at anytime. While we ... Read More »

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    In The Living Room: Seven Weeks Exploring My Faith and Art

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    For seven weeks in January and February, I was part of a Center for Faith & Work Artist Intensive called In the Living Room. The  curriculum of the Living Room consisted of seven different themes, all tied to the role of the artist in the church. One week, we learned about  “The Artist as Creator.” Among all the wisdom I received ... Read More »

    Toward a Theology of Dessert

    pumpkin-bread

    I grew up in a home with very little baking. To smell the aroma of warm brownies or chocolate chip cookies coming from the kitchen was a rare and special occurrence. Every Christmas, however, my mom would spend days in the kitchen making her signature pastry—pumpkin bread. Her ingredients were simple: ground cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, salt, water, baking powder, ... Read More »

    CFW STORIES: EI & Firebone Theatre

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    Firebone Theatre received a Center for Faith & Work Entrepreneurship Initiative grant in 2013. Their founder, Chris Cragin Day, talks about the company’s entrepreneurial essence, their experience in working with Ei and CFW, and the impetus behind Firebone’s work. ”You don’t think of theater people as entrepreneurs, but actually that’s exactly what we are. We’re entrepreneurs every time we produce a show. We’re ... Read More »

    From Strangers to Life Together: Gotham Community

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    It’s Tuesday night and I take my usual seat next to Johnathan and he asks how my week is going and I’m glad to see him. We’re an unlikely pair, a real estate broker from the south and a finance guy from Canada, but we’ve grown close over the past few months, first as assigned prayer partners but now as friends. There ... Read More »

    Gotham Fellowship: Seeing the City with New Eyes

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    Being a part of Gotham this year has begun to change the way I view the world. It’s helped me to realize how everything – my faith, career, relationships, pursuits – is interconnected. And this holistic transformation is leading me to become more involved in the world around me. Before Gotham, it felt like I was staring at a city through a ... Read More »

    Aligning Vision and Visuals in the Creative Process

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    Faith McCormick is a freelance art director in New York City. She attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church, where she was a Gotham Fellow through the Center for Faith & Work. What does your work entail? I work with all types of organizations—business, nonprofits, churches—to help them visually communicate their message, their mission, and their brand. When I work on a project with ... Read More »

    What’s the McGuffin? Motivating Heros in Hitchcock’s Films

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    For the next few weeks at Film Forum on Houston Street, we New Yorkers have the immense treat of being able to see the entirety of director Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography on the big screen. If your familiarity with Hitch begins and ends with Psycho, this is definitely the time to get better acquainted. You probably know he’s the master of those tangly, ... Read More »

    “Spiritual Malady” in Finance? It’s In the Heart

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    In his recent Op-Ed in the NY Times titled For the Love of Money, Sam Polk does an insightful job of addressing and analyzing the root of the cancer that plagues the financial services industry:  the idolization of power. Polk starts by discussing how he was lured to Wall Street by the prospect of immediate wealth and power.  In his ... Read More »

    The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later

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    Don’t worry – I’m not going down the partisan route of talking about poverty through a political angle.  I’ll let Senator Cory Booker and Representative Paul Ryan’s words speak for themselves.  Rather, I”ll be considering the 50th Anniversary of the “War on Poverty” and how the Gospel transforms our thinking of poverty. First: Whether you believe the War on Poverty has ... Read More »

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