Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's Not Easy -Acoustic, by Henry Girls

Hello Grafted In reader,

Today is August 28 in my corner of blog-land. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 is the annual Labor Day Holiday in the USA. On the ABC radio news this morning, there was a report of ongoing job dissatisfaction reported amongst American workers from a recent national survey. I found something related from Baylor University in Texas which may be similar. So, to honor the working folks, consider this somewhat lengthy item.
(June 20, 2014) — A congregation’s beliefs about work attitudes and practices affect a churchgoer on the job — but how much depends in part on how involved that person is in the congregation, not merely on occasional attendance, according to a study by Baylor University sociologists funded by the National Science Foundation.
“We already knew that about 60 percent of American adults are affiliated with congregations, but we wanted to delve into whether that carries over from weekend worship services to the work day,” said Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “It turns out it does make some difference in their attitudes at work. That means it has a potential ‘payoff’ not only for employers, but for employees themselves.”
Researchers asked a random sample of full-time employees if they attended a place of worship, and if so, they were then asked whether their congregation emphasized integrating their faith in the workplace through “sacrificial love” to their co-workers, sensing God’s presence at work among others. What seemed to make the difference, researchers found, was frequent attendance at a church that stressed a merge of faith and work. Simply being at such a congregation – or just attending any church – did not result in greater work satisfaction or dedication.
The analysis of data — “Workplace-Bridging Religious Capital: Connecting Congregations to Work Outcomes” — is published in the journal Sociology of Religion.
Researchers’ analysis was based on the National Survey of Work, Entrepreneurship and Religion, a 2010 Web-based survey of 1,022 fulltime workers. Their findings concentrated on three areas:
• Job satisfaction: Full-time workers who regularly attend a congregation that emphasizes integrating their faith at work report higher job satisfaction.
• Job commitment: Full-time workers who regularly attend a congregation that emphasizes integrating their faith at work report higher commitment to their place of employment.
• Entrepreneurship: People who are actively involved in in congregations that promote integration of faith with work are more likely to describe themselves as entrepreneurial, Park said. However, attendance seems to impede entrepreneurship — perhaps because time and energy spent in entrepreneurial endeavors leaves less time for church attendance.
How religion affects job satisfaction, commitment to one’s job and entrepreneurship was measured by researchers using a 15-item Congregational Faith at Work Scale, Park said. That scale includes such items as whether respondents sense God’s presence while they work, whether they view their work as having eternal significance, whether they view co-workers as being made in the image of God, whether they believe they should demonstrate “sacrificial love” toward co-workers and whether they believe God wants them to develop their abilities and talents at work.
Workplace attitudes such as job commitment also were evaluated by a variety of items that asked how much participants felt like “part of the family” at their organization, how efficiently they get proposed actions through “bureaucratic red tape” and whether they “went to bat” for good ideas of co-workers.
Max Weber, an early social theorist, argued that Protestants who lived strict, simple lives — such as the Calvinists of the 16th and 17th centuries — viewed their worldly employment as service to God, so religion added significance to labor. Success in business was viewed as confirmation of salvation.
“Religious participation is an active part of life for millions of Americans, and it is relevant in other domains,” the study concluded.
Co-authors were researchers Jenna Griebel Rogers, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Baylor; Mitchell J. Neubert, Ph.D., associate professor and holder of The Hazel and Harry Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business; and Kevin D. Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is

the oldest continually operating university in Texas.

-Kevod Yeheveh, His presence be with us on the job and journey.
Mellow Roc :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Any Old Time - Acoustic by Sarah Watkins

Hello Grafted In Reader,

Today is August 26 in my corner of blog land, and we are on the brink of beginning the lunar month of ELUL. This is a time in Jewish history where those who have a faith practice and are God-fearers, engage in healthy introspection about their life, and with God's help, find strength to make course corrections where necessary in life between self, others, and God. An affirmation expressing the true sentiment of this 40-day period is voiced in Scripture, Song of Songs. "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." I commonly observe this period by daily reading Psalm 27, and think of others and myself as the Psalm is read once daily by me. This is an enriching practice and encourage you to share in it this year!

-I want to thank Gregory for his comments to my blog post of 2 weeks ago where we talked about drinking water. I need to become more adept at using Google Plus and get to know you folks better!

I am on the virge of taking a freelance writing job with one of two companies. There are a couple administrative matters needing to be put in place first, and then get down to the nitty-gritty of working again!

As to my anthology project, Healing For Self And Others, I have four stories thus far and hope to have ten or so stories before polishing it up and seeking publication. This is by a group of writers known to me through LinkedIn. Please pray for this project!

Meantime, Kevod Yeheveh, His presence be your comfort and ongoing nurturance today and always. So glad you stopped by!
Mellow Roc :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dear Someone - G Welch - Acoustic

Hello Grafted In Reader,

First, I would like to thank Phil T for his comment on my previous blog post. One never knows just where they may be heard or read!

-I just started reading another Maeve Bincy novel, "A Week In Winter" said to be her last before she passed in 2012. If you enjoy a good familial generational tale, this one won't let you down! Plus, no commercials to interrupt suspenseful moments.

-I have been spending some time investigating freelance writing, and discovered a web site that may be invaluable. It is
www.thewritelife.com
and relatively young in terms of existence. I hope to make the writing venture one that provides some immediate income in the near future.

Finally, a little humorous account was found by yours truly at www.todayschuckle.com
I share this in closing, and bid you Kevod Yeheveh, His presence bless you today and always! Thanks for the visit.

August 20, 2014
Washing Instructions
I decided to make myself useful and do a load of the family laundry. When I took the clothes out of the machine, I discovered — to my dismay — that I had also washed the watch my wife had given me while we were dating.
"Don't expect me to replace it," she said later with an obvious lack of sympathy.
By the time Father's Day rolled around, however, she had relented and gave me a beautiful new watch. Attached was a note with this stipulation: "DRY-CLEAN ONLY!"
Thank You
For Letting Me Give You a Smile Today!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

If I Had Wings - Country Song by Dolly Parton

Hello Grafted In Reader,
Today is August 13 in my corner of blog land, and it has been a week of learning, encouragement, and effort for yours truly. Your help may be wanted?
-First, I mentioned a book title in a recent post that would be a highly recommended read now. It is, "Three Cups Of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and journalist David Oliver Relin. "One man's mission to promote peace, one school at a time," in the remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. For an overview, visit the Central Asia Institute at www.ikat.org.

-Secondly, This short piece was on the July 12, 2014, edition of Public Radio International's, The World.
It's not every day that a 10-year-old blind boy from Quebec sings the blues ... And counselors at his summer camp for blind children say he's helping inspire other ...
B.B. King | Public Radio International
www.pri.org/person/bb-kingResult

-Third, Many of us familiar with the long acting career of Robin Williams are surprised to learn of his severe depression which led him to allegedly take his life earlier this week. The Haftarot reading from Isaiah chapter 40 is quite pertinent in its exhortation then and now, "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, says our G-d." Someone may need the word or smile we can so freely give!

-Finally, a few writers known to myself on LinkedIn, are combining efforts to produce an anthology where others are perhaps encouraged through reading of how others faced seeming adverse professional and/or life experiences and eventually came out the better for it! I hope to complete this anthology by November 2014, and will need possible help to publish this in EBook and audio form for potential readers. The writers participating are donating their time and stories. If you feel led to be involved, please send me a reply via this blog, or find me on LinkedIn through writers750.com.

The working title of the anthology is, Healing For Self and Others.

Meantime, Kevod Yeheveh, His presence be ever near us!
Mellow Roc, David Russell