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How to Fix Work Disincentives and Marriage Penalties in America’s Social Safety Net

"these flaws in welfare policies apply with special force to those who are just at the point of making the transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. These problems have long been known. So why have they not been corrected long ago? And what can be done to fix them now?" - IFS

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The danger of finding our meaning at work: In extreme cases, work isn’t just rewarding: It’s religion.

WeWork’s "reputation had already been shaken by Neumann’s declarations in its filings about 'the energy of we'...and for the company’s vow to 'elevate the world’s consciousness.' ...executives got instruction from leaders of the Kabbalah Centre, whose values are loosely based on Jewish mysticism." - RNS 

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Majority of workers who quit a job in 2021 cite low pay, no opportunities for advancement, feeling disrespected

"Majorities of workers who quit a job in 2021 say low pay (63%), no opportunities for advancement (63%) and feeling disrespected at work (57%) were reasons why they quit, according to the Feb. 7-13 survey." - Pew

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Barna Research releases study on how Americans view their work life and how churches might help

"Recent data collected this summer indicate that at least half of U.S. adults (21% definitely interested, 32% probably interested) would be interested if their local church addressed vocational well-being in their preaching and programs." - Barna

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Happy Labor Day

“In all labor there is profit… ” (Prov 14:23)

“Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.” (Prov 31:31)

“…let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” (Eph 4:28)

“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle…” (1 Thess 5:14)

“For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” (2 Thess 3:10)

“…aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” (1 Th 4:11–12)

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Gen 2:15)

Photo by Siora Photography.

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All Is Not Lost: 6 Lessons to Learn When Losing Your Job

From The Cripplegate. By Jim Stitzinger.

The COVID-19 pandemic will leave a scar on every person in our society. We cannot expect anyone to be unscathed by something of this magnitude. Some will experience the harsh medical trauma of the virus, others the loneliness of isolation. And with nearly 30 million Americans unemployed now, many scars will come through the loss of work.

There is an acute pain for those who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Despite heroic leadership and careful planning, it is an the economic reality of this pandemic. Last week this became true for me, when the impact of the Coronavirus took its toll on our workplace.

Because this is my story, it has given me a fresh perspective on what millions of others are going through right now.

It is one thing to be humbled, it is another to be humiliated. Being laid off can be a compound fracture that accomplishes both. It is humbling to leave a workplace you love for the final time, and it can also be humiliating to start over, tell the story a hundred times while pursuing the next vocation.

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