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Spiritual Practices

 
     

Transforming Work:
Faith and Spirituality
in the Context of Business

Work Day Prayer Meetings: Following the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting Pattern

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Excerpts from the Transforming Work manual, including the Introduction and First Session (PDF).

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An analysis of the Fulton Street Prayer Meetings, with possible lessons for today, can be found here.

 

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Spiritual Practices and Work

Spiritual practices can help us in our work by encouraging the development of a broader, more transcendent perpsective, a deeper sense of purpose, and the character necessary to face crisis with wisdom and courage. The Center for Faith and Enterprise would like to assist help people in business find spiritual practices which can help guide them in their work and on their spiritual journey.

Transforming Work:

The Transforming Work: Faith and Spirituality in the Context of Business program is a small group curriculum which provides groups of people with an opportunity to explore the connection between their work, their faith, and their spirituality, and in particular to understand and conduct their work in business as a an important calling from the perspective of their faith. The program consists of ten sessions, each 60 to 90 minutes in length, and is designed to delve into the concrete workplace issues faced by the participants.

The program is based on the understanding that if our faith does not support, encourage, and inform our work, then our work will probably not be as purposeful, effective, and satisfying as it should be. More information is available here.

Work Day Prayer Meetings:

The CFE is looking for ways to encourage mid-week prayer meetings, and would be interested in hearing of examples. One model is that of the Fulton Street prayer meetings, which sparked the revival of 1857-1858. The Fulton Street meetings, which eventually involved hundreds of thousands of business and trades people in cities across the United States, were organized and led by business people at noon in the middle of the week in locations close to places of work. They were designed to be convenient for working people and avoided what the organizers called "theological disputation." More information is available in the CFE paper The Role of the Fulton Street Prayer Meetings in the Revival of 1857/1858 and the Lessons for Today, available here.


     
 
 

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