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Posted by on Aug 13, 2020 in Politics, Work | 0 comments

How Should Christians Think About Politics? 11 Insights from Reinhold Neibuhr

How Should Christians Think About Politics? 11 Insights from Reinhold Neibuhr

\ It’s hard to find the right metaphor for our current political moment. Are we in an echo chamber with megaphones? Are we, like a nuclear reaction, splitting atoms and roasting all our opponents? Or perhaps we’re more like vikings on social media: we land ashore, pillage and plunder all who oppose us, and then sail off once again to hang out with our village people. Whatever the metaphor, we’re in an election season, and the weight of pandemic-soaked culture is turning up the dial on every debate. How should people of Christian faith think about and respond to the politics of our day?  There are as many answers to that question as there are people, yet few have more insight than Reinhold Neibuhr. His book, Christian Realism and Political Problems, first penned in 1953, is a hidden gem. In his chapter on “The Christian Witness in the Social and National Order,” he masterfully diagnoses our situation, turns a critical eye toward secular society and then the church, before...

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2020 in business, Faith and Work Movement, Work | 0 comments

Business for the Common Good On-Demand

Business for the Common Good On-Demand

Today at Denver Institute we are launching Business for the Common Good On-Demand, a resource we are giving away to you for free. The videos and discussion guides address questions like: How do you determine if a business is successful? Is it reflected in a positive balance sheet, gleaming customer reviews, or a charismatic CEO? What if God measured success by a broader standard—by the way businesses help every employee, supplier, consumer, or community they touch to thrive? Business for the Common Good On-Demand features keynote presentations and panel discussions with industry leaders from finance, technology, sales, and the nonprofit sector. Featured presentations include: Work is a Way to Love Our Neighbor: Katherine Leary AlsdorfHow Faith Shapes Business: Jeff HaanenMy Life as a Christian, Investor, and Business Leader: Robert DollGenerous Business Practices: Aimee Minnich, Alan BarnhartWhole-Hearted Leadership: Lisa Slayton, David ParkFaith-Driven Investing: PanelSelling Christianly: PanelArtificial Intelligence: What Every Business Leader Must Know About New Technologies: Becker PolveriniThe Challenge and Opportunity of Global Business: PanelThe Future of Colorado’s Workforce: Hanna...

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Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Faith and Work Movement, Theology, Work | 0 comments

What does it really mean to integrate faith and work?

What does it really mean to integrate faith and work?

At Denver Institute, we have a straightforward answer to this question: our five guiding principles. Here’s how we measure effectiveness, plan programming, and organize our culture. I also think they’re helpful frameworks to help you think through just how your own deepest convictions might play out in your heart, mind, relationships, work, and involvement in culture. 1. Think theologically. Embracing the call to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of Christ, we value programs that enable men and women to verbally articulate how Scripture, the historic church, and the gospel of grace influence their work and cultural engagement. 2. Embrace relationships. Embracing the doctrine of the Trinity and the incarnation, we value convening face-to-face conversations, building long-term friendships, and investing in deep relationships among individuals, organizations, and churches. 3. Create good work. Embracing God’s own creation and the hope of the resurrection, we value programs that lead to Spirit-filled action and significant new projects that serve as a sign and foretaste of God’s coming Kingdom. Embracing the parable of the talents, we value programs that...

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Posted by on May 12, 2020 in Nonprofit, Work | 0 comments

What we’re learning from SharetheStimulus.org

What we’re learning from SharetheStimulus.org

Due to the pandemic and the federal government’s response, about 150 million Americans are eligible to receive stimulus checks. Yet when my wife and I found out we were going to receive a check we started to ask: do we really need it all, or might we know somebody who needs it more? Several weeks ago, two friends and I in Denver hopped on a call to explore what we could do to help. After some back and forth, we decided to start a website called SharetheStimulus.org. The idea is simple: we’re asking people to make a pledge to give a portion of their stimulus check to any cause or person in need, go and make a donation, and then share the story with us. And it’s getting some traction. Here’s a story 303 magazine did about the movement. We’re now about 3 weeks into this project and here’s what we’ve learned. (1) People like giving in community rather than alone. As we reached out to individuals, churches, businesses...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2020 in Nonprofit, Work | 0 comments

List of Colorado Charities and Nonprofits: Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo

List of Colorado Charities and Nonprofits: Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo

Not sure where to give to or what charities to support? Here’s a list of nonprofits along the Front Range that are serving the spiritual, economic, and social needs of Coloradans. Denver Alternatives Pregnancy CentersAs One AfricaBelay EnterprisesCaring and Sharing MinistryCasa De PazCatholic Charities of DenverCity UniteColorado UpliftConfluence MinistriesCross ImpactCross PurposeDenver Institute for Faith & WorkDenver Leadership FoundationDenver Rescue MissionDenver Street SchoolDry BonesElevate USAExtended Hands of HopeExtreme Community MakeoverFaith BridgeFaith RXDFamily Time TrainingGrace CounselingHope CommunitiesHope HouseInner City Health CenterInter Faith AllianceIssachar Center for Urban LeadershipJesus on ColfaxJustice & Mercy Legal Aid ClinicMile High MinistriesMile High WorkshopMOPSMy Quiet CaveNetwork Coffee HouseNorth Littleton PromiseOne Good TurnOpen Door MinistriesProject 1.27Providence Network Purple Door Coffee Restoration OutreachSacred GraceSun Valley – Hope In Our CityThrive – Flat Irons ChurchTreasure House of HopeVolunteers of America – ColoradoWGAWhiz KidsYoung Life DenverYouth for Christ Colorado Springs Care and Share COS I Love YouCrossfire MinistriesFresh Start CenterLife NetworkMary’s HomeMercy’s GateNavigatorsSalvation Army – Colorado SpringsSilver Key Springs Rescue Mission Fort Collins Alpha CenterColorado Youth OutdoorsCommunity Foundation of Northern Colorado...

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2020 in Culture, Theology, Work | 0 comments

Known By our Love? | 2019 DIFW Annual Report

Known By our Love? | 2019 DIFW Annual Report

Hi Friends, As we were preparing this year’s annual report, we could have never predicted that three weeks in March would change everything. A virus spreads, millions are out of a job, and as the economy shuts down, nearly everybody’s daily work has changed. This is a time to lament. But at Denver Institute, we also believe it is a time to love.  In this year’s report, I ask: are Christians in our society today known for their love? At Denver Institute for Faith & Work, our mission is to form men and women to serve God, neighbor, and society through their daily work. Leaning on Jesus’ Great Commandment, we believe our daily work is an opportunity to love God, serve our neighbors, and demonstrate the gospel to an unbelieving world.  We live in uncertain times. However, as you’ll see in this report, there are reasons for hope: Angela Evans, a 5280 Fellowship alumna and journalist at the Boulder Weekly, shares about her vocation to highlight vulnerable communities through...

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