Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 26, 2003

Conference to Explore Challenges of Integrating Religious Values into the Workplace

Whitworth College and Gonzaga University are collaborating to host a Faith and Work Conference that will feature three experts who will speak on the challenge of integrating spiritual, ethical and religious values into the workplace. The conference will take place April 9-11.

"The concept of God's calling requires all of us to consider carefully our earthly occupations and to ask how we are honoring God and acting in love toward our fellow human beings," says Dale Soden, director of Whitworth's Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning. "This conference is intended to stimulate reflection on the various ways in which these objectives might be achieved."

Following is conference information and speaker biographies for the four conference events. To register for the conference or for more information about the two lectures that are free and open to the public, contact Michelle Seefried, program coordinator for the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, at (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Public Lecture, April 9: Laura Nash, senior research fellow in the area of entrepreneurship and service management on the faculty of Harvard Business School, will speak on "Church on Sunday, Work on Monday: The Challenge of Fusing Christian Values with Business Life," on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Seeley Mudd Chapel at Whitworth. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Nash holds a master's degree and Ph.D. in classical philology from Harvard University and is the author of Believers in Business (Thomas Nelson, 1994). Her research on business ethics, corporate culture, and leadership has appeared in publications including Fortune, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal. Nash is also the author of Church on Sunday, Work on Monday (Jossey-Bass, 2001) and Good Intentions Aside: A Manager's Guide to Resolving Ethical Problems (Harvard Business School Press, 1993).

Pastors' Luncheon and Workshop, April 10: Jack Fortin, director of lifelong learning at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., will speak on "The Congregation as a Catalyst for Taking One's Faith into the Workplace," at a Pastors' Luncheon and Workshop on Thursday, April 10, from noon-3 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building at Whitworth. To participate, please register for the conference by calling (509) 777-3725 or e-mail mpace@whitworth.edu.

Fortin specializes in helping congregations and pastors make connections to the workplace. He has served Young Life as an area and regional director as well as a divisional vice president for training and equipping, and has also worked for World Vision in California and for the Wilder Foundation in Minnesota.

Public Lecture, April 10: Gregory Pierce, author of Spirituality @ Work: Ten Ways to Balance Your Life On-the-Job (Loyola Press, 2001) will speak on "Spirituality of Work: An Oxymoron?" on Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Gonzaga University School of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Pierce is president and co-owner of Assisting Christians to Act Publications, a publisher of books and tapes for the Catholic/Christian market. His book, Spirituality @ Work: Ten Ways to Balance Your Life On-the-Job, received two awards from the Catholic Press Association.

Conference Breakfast, April 11: Greg Pierce and Jack Fortin will lead a discussion on "Religion in the Workplace: What Should a CEO Strive For?" during a breakfast on Friday, April 11, from 7-9 a.m. at the Hixson Union Building at Whitworth College. To participate, please register for the conference by calling (509) 777-3725 or e-mail mpace@whitworth.edu.

The Faith and Work Conference is being coordinated by Whitworth College's Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, directed by Dale Soden, Ph.D., and Gonzaga University's Institute for Ethics, directed by Michael Stebbins, Ph.D.

The Faith and Work Conference is funded by the Lilly Grant, "Discerning Vocation: Community, Context & Commitment," which is administered by the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning. Through funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Whitworth is enhancing programs to help students draw upon the resources of religious wisdom as they consider their vocational choices. The $2-million grant allows students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to connect their gifts and abilities with the larger needs of society through ministry, service, and career-oriented programs.

Contacts:

Dale Soden, director of Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4433 or dsoden@whitworth.edu.

Michelle Seefried, program coordinator, Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, at (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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