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Work and Faith 1

May 25th, 2009 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

I feel like I’ve been a bit of a jet-setter lately, with three trips out of town in the last fortnight (don’t tell my environmental footprint).  I’ve had two trips to Carey for Board business, but the highlight was the trip to Christchurch to be part of Christian Medical Fellowship‘s national conference at Living Springs, near Lyttleton.  Gorgeous!

The focus of the conference was to help Christian medical students and doctors to integrate faith and work, to figure out what it means for each of them to be a Christian doctor.  There were sessions on:

  • how high achievers can risk seeing their work as what makes them valuable, rather than their identity as God’s children;
  • how to avoid becoming cynical about patients and make sure you’re treating them with the compassion and mercy the Prophets spoke about;
  • handling ethical dilemmas from the flashy (do you participate in an abortion? or prescribe contraception to teenagers?) to the mundane (do you exaggerate on x-ray forms to force other staff to treat your patient more quickly? do you go on strike?).

If I came to a conference for Christians in your trade or profession, what kind of stuff would you be discussing?  Ethical business practices?  Character growth?  Mission in the workplace?

It’s one of my core aims for West that we address the issues that come up from whatever you guys do for the 6 days you’re not at church.  How are we doing?  How can we strengthen the connections between what we do on Sundays and what you do for the rest of the week?  I’m keen to get replies on this.

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  • 1 Murray Sep 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    in my workplace we are facing a number of redundancies or relocations. The buoyant atmosphere of the last five years has dissolved and the worst of human nature tends to come out. It is not easy to show Christian compassion and understanding in a real way under such circumstances. I guess there are others in a similar situation under the current economic and political environment