Monday, January 26, 2009

My job inspires me

Not at lot of people can say that, but it's true for me. Every day at Sojo, I'll come across at least one thing that makes me go, "huh!" The staff, the content, the issues, the advocacy work ... there is always something going on to learn from. Today, i found inspiration in an article by one of my all time fave theologians, Walter Brueggemann, that I already thought was great the first time I read it, but then I read it again and was struck by it's thoughtful perspective on the economic crisis. Here is the beginning:

From Anxiety and Greed to Milk and Honey, by Walter Brueggemann

So far as I know, the Bible says nothing explicit about subprime loans and the financial implications of such risky economic practice. There is a great deal, nonetheless, that the Bible has to say about such a crisis as we now face. I will comment in turn on a biblical perspective of an analysis of the crisis and a biblical perspective for an alternative economic practice.

While the specifics of the current market collapse are peculiarly modern, biblical perspectives are pertinent because the fundamental issues of economics are constant from ancient to contemporary time, constants such as credit and debt, loans and interest, and the endless tension between haves and have-nots.

Read the rest here where you can also find an audio interview between me and "Brueggie" :)

I know that I should consider myself lucky, and I definitely do! Sometimes I wish I could just stay in bed, or play hookie, or move to New York because it is one of the the best cities in the world, but by the time I am seated at my desk, with coffee brewing an arm's length away, and a list of interesting articles to look at, my heart swells full with gratitude for the work the good Lord has set before me.

(My office magnet board)

1 comment:

  1. I think ur job is awesome too. As I've said before, I wish I had your job. I miss working at a small organization that's really focused on something, and the stuff you guys cover is all interesting and relevant to current events.