Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Integration of Faith & Work

I'm traveling today to Washington, D.C. with our Center for Faith and Work director Bill Peel. We will spend the weekend with a group of men very interested in this goal of integrating their professional lives and their faith lives. The New Canaan Society is a network of men committed to living pure, speaking truth, righting wrong, and worshiping the King. People like Tim Keller and Bob Buford will be there to speak. I'm looking forward to learning more about how our Center can serve men who have been ministers in their workplaces.

A reminder that the integration of faith and work is a timely issue came in the news yesterday. Northeastern University in Boston announced that Chick-Fil-A restaurants would not be allowed to come to campus as part of their renovated student center. The Student Senate at Northeastern voted against inviting Chick-Fil-A because the company has been funding anti-gay organizations. The "Equality Matters" website reports that the restaurant and its WinShape Foundation gave $2 million to anti-gay groups like the Marriage and Family Legacy Fund which is seen as being against gay marriage.

We've been honored to have Chick-Fil-A founder Truett Cathy on campus. His son Dan, who is now president of the restaurant, responded that Chick-Fil-A is not anti-anyone.

For the record, if anyone from Chick-Fil-A is reading this, LeTourneau University would be more than happy to have you on our campus. Come on! We would be happy to be associated with a great organization that seeks business excellence with faithfulness to God and His institutions like marriage.