Infusing Faith with Work



To chamber and tech friends: I don’t often send you Princeton Comment comments on religion, but here’s a juxtaposed three-bie I can’t resist.

Friday, April 9 (for most of you, that’s today, sorry for the late notice, but it’s on all day): the Faith and Work Initiative at Princeton University will use Pope Benedict XVI’s recent social encyclical on the marketplace (Caritas in Veritate or Love in Truth) as a basis for discussing religion, ethics, and the workplace. David Miller (above) heads a list of speakers. It was a cover story for U.S. 1 this week. It’s in the Computer Science Building on Olden Avenue, and it’s called “Civilizing the Economy: A New Way of Understanding Business Enterprise?”

Sunday, April 11, a healthcare consultant, Meredith Gould, speaks at a church breakfast about her journey from the synagogue to the church. Gould (upper right) is sociologist, author, and social media maven who has no compunctions about presenting herself to the workplace as both a religious person and professional person. She curates and writes posts for HealthXMedia and at night she Twitters the Compline, the evening prayer, for the Virtual Abbey. It’s at Princeton United Methodist Church, 8 a.m. Cost: $5; call 609-924-2613 or email office@princetonumc.org. (Yes, that’s my church).

Sunday and Monday, April 11 and 12, Stephen Payne (lower left), a leadership coach who aims to infuse faith with work, hosts a leadership and spirituality seminar at the Erdman Center, Princeton Theological Seminary. Sunday’s program starts at 3:30 p.m., Monday’s at 7 a.m. Cost: $85 http://www.ptsem.edu/ce/las. Payne says he he does not refer to a particular religion. Muslims, Christians, Jews, and agnostics have registered.

“The spirit is a force — a tool that will help you lead better,” says Payne. “You may shape it to your hand as you see fit, but the important thing is to realize its power and to employ it optimally in your leadership life.”

Here are two more events:

Wednesday, April 21, 8 a.m., Ed Zschau speaks at the Princeton Chamber breakfast at the Nassau Club. Don’t miss this. Princeton University’s high-tech entrepreneur guru usually moderates panels. It’s a rare chance to hear him hold the floor and tell how he picks winning entrepreneurs.

Friday, May 7, 2 p.m. Looking ahead: For the Keller Center a panel of entrepreneurial CEOs will discuss innovation and entrepreneurship in the P.U.’s Computer Science Building. Reception follows. David Fialkow of General Catalyst Partners moderates a panel that includes the Co-founder of Kayak.com (comparison of travel sites, Paul English), the co-founder of Boxee, (transfer of Internet to TV, Avner Rosen), and CCP (developer of virtual worlds, Hilmar Pétursson).

Who’s to say a supposedly ‘secular’ event can’t bring a moment of divine inspiration?

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