Peg’s story of retiring from a career as a teacher, leaving behind a clearly defined role for an uncertain future, resonates with many recent retirees. She struggles to find purpose and meaning in this new stage of life.
Many congregations celebrate Labor Day with a special blessing for workers or those searching for employment. In our work on vocation and professions, we have found several prayers, hymns, and blessings that lift up the holiness of ordinary, everyday work.
Discussion about the relationship between religion and culture invariably leads to the use of the image of an intersection, as in, “this book places itself at the vital intersection of religion and culture.” But, contrary to this common turn of phrase, religion and culture don’t intersect; they are fated to a far more enduring and complicated relationship.