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April 24, 2021
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Christians find meaning in their everyday work by looking at it as given by a Creator God who is involved in work at all times. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of work including the spaces that we work, which has moved from office to home. This has affected the boundaries between work and family time. The understanding of essential and non-essential work has been redefined as well. For those in the gig economy, there were no more gigs. Because of the pandemic, many people have had to change the way they work, and this has been difficult and stressful.
What is a robust theology of work that Christians can have so that they can meet these challenges? As employers or employees, how then can Christians be positive witnesses in the home, marketplace and church? Since Christians work in the secular world with others who have different convictions, how should Christians respond when there is a clash of values?
Furthermore, while some Christians in professional jobs may have the luxury of considering how to apply Biblical principles in their work, other blue-collar workers or even gig workers may not enjoy such liberties. How then can the Church share its values in the places we are put into so that others, too, can have a meaningful view of work?
Respondents: Isaac Koh was in full-time Christian ministry for six years before choosing to change jobs when the pandemic hit. He spent much of 2020 looking for a job while preparing for his marriage. He is now working from home doing IT support for a local polytechnic.
Bernice Lee is the co-owner of Graceworks, a small publishing and training consultant with a handful of staff. She has had to find new ways of doing work which used to depend on face-to-face interactions while holding on to sound Christian principles for work and community life.
Lecturer: Dr David W Gill is a writer and speaker based in Oakland, California. He recently retired from his position as Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics and Director of the Mockler Centre for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton and Boston, Massachusetts.
He continues to be involved in education at church and in the marketplace, combining Scripture and ethics with a critical understanding of the world today. He is also the author of seven books including a two-volume introduction to Christian ethics.
Date: April 24, 2021
Time: 9.30am & 11.30am
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About the Organiser:
Biblical Graduate School of Theology (BGST) is a theological institution that seeks to help Christians and the church reflect theologically and holistically on what is going on in the world.
It offers a thorough and systematic study programme for lay people to help them live out their Christian faith in their vocations and be more effective in serving God, emphasising not only the development of biblical and theological knowledge, but also the acquisition of analytical, critical and integrative skills in interpreting Scriptures.