How does spirituality relate to our everyday working lives? Can the challenges of work stress, burnout, time famine, and conflict be addressed by our beliefs and spiritual practices?
Lucy Reid and Fred Evers argue that spirituality in the workplace is neither a strategy to placate unhappy workers, nor an invasion by religious agenda. It is, instead, the pursuit of meaning and integrity, the attentiveness to deep questions, and the unleashing of creativity, by which our work is transformed and sanctified.
Written from the perspective of a priest and a sociologist, Working With Spirit deals on the personal, corporate, and societal levels. It suggests ways to heal working relationships and integrate spiritual truths. It includes a compendium of resources to provide practical ways of engaging spirituality to meet challenges in the workplace today.
Lucy Reid is an Anglican priest working in the campus ministry part of a multi-faith team at the University of Guelph. Since 1994 Lucy has been coordinating groups of faculty and staff on campus for "Spirit At Work" weekly gatherings and retreats. Lucy is married to an Anglican priest and has three teenage children.
Fred Evers is a professor of sociology and director of the Educational Research & Development Unit at the University of Guelph. He has published scholarly articles in journals and books, including The Bases of Competence: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Employability. Fred has worked as a volunteer with youth groups in the Anglican Diocese of Niagara. He is married and has two daughters.