“The Other Six Days: The Meaning of Vocation in the Ordinary”

Join us at 7 p.m. this Tuesday for the first talk in our series, “Theology for Thine Ox and Thine Ass: On Work, Rest, and Ennui” at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill with the presentations beginning at 7:30 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

“The Other Six Days: The Meaning of Vocation in the Ordinary”


Rev’d Dr. William G. Messenger, Executive Editor, Theology of Work Project

According to the Bible, God calls people to all kinds of professions.  In this talk Dr. Messenger will explore the biblical theology of work, investigate calling to the marketplace, and give practical ways to begin discerning your own calling.

William G. Messenger is the Executive Editor of the Theology of Work Project, Inc., an international organization dedicated to researching, writing, and circulating materials about how the Christian faith can contribute to non-church workplaces. Its materials are available free of charge at www.theologyofwork.org. The TOW Project also helps faith-and-work organizations, pastors, and Christians in the workplace work more closely together to equip their members for meaningful and fruitful work in the world. It intends to complete its first phase of research and writing during 2013.

Will was the Director of the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2008, and an adjunct faculty member there. He created and led the seminary’s doctoral and master’s degree programs in workplace leadership and business ethics. He presently serves as an adjunct faculty member of Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School (Auckland, New Zealand) and a guest lecturer at Holy Cross College (Worcester, MA). He was previously an adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY).

Will is a member of the Board of Directors of ArQule, Inc., a biotechnology company near Boston, where he chairs the compensation, nominating and governance committee and is a member of the audit committee. He previously worked as a sales representative at IBM, corporate finance associate at Goldman Sachs, consultant at McKinsey & Co., and vice president of sales and marketing Advanced Metabolic Systems. Will is ordained in the Episcopal Church and formerly served as pastor of Charles River Church in Boston and assistant rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Belmont, MA. He was awarded a B.S. in Physics from Case Western Reserve University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Will was born in 1960. He lives in Belmont, MA, with his wife and their two daughters.

Copies of this talk will be available afterwards at www.theologyofwork.org/theologyontap.

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