Humanising work: co-operatives, credit unions and the challenge of mass unemployment.
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, as well as the visions and values derived from his faith, Chris Beales explores how "work" might be humanised. And how education and employment can be made not only responsive to what the Economy needs but also purposeful, satisfying and rewarding for people.
ISBN 978-1-909863-02-6 Plublished October 2014
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In Practising Jesus, Chris Beales, its author, explores 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 has worked for the Church at local and national levels and for charities, companies and the British Government, where he pioneered Government's involvement with the country's different faith communities.
“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
Chris Beales is the Vicar of St Michael’s Church Woburn Sands, near Milton Keynes. He is Chief Executive of Afghan Action, a charity working in Kabul, Afghanistan. Its training and business incubation centre has trained over 1000 young men and women to weave handmade carpets and make clothes and it provides education, healthcare and a nourishing daily midday meal. He also works with Alpha Building Services Engineering, a construction training company in East London, and he is developing a new University Technical College, which will open in September 2015