Humanising Work: Co-operatives, credit unions and the challenge of mass unemployment
Rainmaker Books, published 1 October 2014. ISBN 978-1-909863-02-6
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Does the search for meaning in work matter? – and is it even possible to ask such a question against a backdrop of mass youth unemployment, widespread poverty and growing inequality? Drawing on the experience of the Mondragon co-operative movement in Spain and other innovative models of employment and enterprise from around the world, as well as the visions and values derived from his faith, Chris Beales explores how "work" might be humanised and education and employment made not only responsive to what the Economy needs but also purposeful, satisfying and rewarding for people.
Published in paperback August 2013 ISBN 978-1-909863-00-2
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ABOUT THE BOOK
The title of this book is Practising Jesus. Chris Beales, its author, has had a life-long passion to make a real difference in the lives of ordinary people both in Great Britain and overseas.
This book tells of the way his faith has changed and developed over nearly 40 years of ordained ministry. He has lived in various parts of England and worked for the Church of England, charities, companies and the British Government, where he pioneered Government's involvement with the country's different faith communities.
The challenges that have driven him are these: how to make sense of God and Christian faith in today’s world and how to live out the gospel in the midst of all the pressures and compromises of daily life. He is concerned to explore what it means to 'practise Jesus', how this impinges on political, economic and social issues, how to relate positively and creatively to people of different faiths and cultures - and how to find effective ways of working together to build a better world for everyone.
It's not easy. But Jesus never said it would be.
“Don’t read this book unless you are willing to be challenged and unsettled about your faith and the way that it is possible for Christians to make an impact on society today... Determined to bridge the gap between the sacred and the secular, nothing has ever been off-limits as Chris has collaborated with people of different faiths or of no faith... Chris concludes his book by reflecting on his life and experience in the light of St Paul, who was also an entrepreneur. I hope this book will stimulate and challenge many people to apply their faith in practical ways in the world today”.
From the Foreword by Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans
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- Youth Unemployment: a challenge for the Church. Report of a half day workshop held at Alpha Building Services Engineering in Newham, East London. Published in April 2013.