Nation of Heretics

September 30th, 2013

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Sheila Larson made her own decisions about faith. Robert Bellah described her as a typical American Christian, holding to an individualistic faith. A prophet would suggest that Sheila’s faith is heresy. But in a nation of heretics, who’s asking for their opinion?

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Not a Hometown Hero

September 23rd, 2013

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In October 1977, The Atlantic ran a cover story on renewable energy. That year, at least 40 green innovations had proven their worth. Thirty years later most had died. The problem was insufficient funding due to a lack of institutional alignment. These are the two challenges that Jesus predicted prophets would face – fit and finances.

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Finding a Fit

September 16th, 2013

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In 1995, Lorraine Cichowski found a fit. Her team played a prophetic role at USA TODAY. In 2005, Henrik Syse found a fit. For two years, he played the role of prophet, or gatekeeper, at Norges Bank Investment Management. These two stories are, however, exceptions proving a rule. Jesus predicted prophets experience difficulty finding a “fit.”

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During World War II, shortages of staples such as sugar became commonplace. Kurt Lewin was commissioned to find the causes. He claimed to discover an influential individual in the food network, what he called a “gatekeeper.” Lewin was on to something but he wasn’t original. Long ago, Jesus described the same individual.

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by Steve Garber

Most of us celebrate Labor Day by forgetting about our labors. This is not the vision of Sabbath. It is a day to recall and celebrate work well done. That’s why it’s appropriate that we appreciate the good work of Steve Garber, a good friend. On occasion, he consults with a global corporation pursuing the “economics of mutuality.” –Mike Metzger

Growing out of a conversation with business executives who have responsibility for a global corporation whose products everyone on earth enjoys, the words are becoming flesh, for years now I have been working on this vision. But that will be a story for another day. This evening I will fly to Paris to take part in several days of conversation about the whys and whats of the project.

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