This residential-hybrid course will explore the interplay between spiritual leadership and labor. Rooted in multi-disciplinary course materials and praxis assignments, each session will be facilitated as a collective inquiry into the relevance of a labor framework to social movements, vocational discernment and organizational management.
Together we’ll ask: How does labor show up in our lives? As religious leaders in formation, how might a labor perspective be relevant to discernment about our own callings, paid and unpaid? Can a labor framework help to fortify personal boundaries and ensure sustainability in ministry and in justice work? Within the organizations we serve- whether they be congregations, hospitals, or non-profits- how can we prioritize equitable labor practices in staffing, budgeting and coordinating volunteers?
In addition to applying these labor frameworks to our own lives, we’ll build foundational knowledge about the richness and variety of labor organizing in the US and around the world, with special attention to the possibilities of faith/labor coalitions. We’ll explore the limitations of and opportunities for the prevailing model of organizing by centering groups of workers who have historically been excluded from labor analysis and mobilization. Ultimately, we will engage and imagine inclusive, collaborative and holistic approaches to labor organizing and labor relations in our own work and beyond.