Interfaith Group Focuses on Faith in the Workplace

August 16, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 16, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "for millennia, religions have addressed workplace ethics and business conduct. In recent months, however, such issues have been given heightened attention because of corporate scandals, widespread layoffs and the vast influence of corporations... Lama Kathy Wesley of the Karma Thegsum Choling Buddhist Meditation Center on the West Side, said people in her temple often come to her with questions about work relationships and duties. They sometimes express anxiety about expectations on the job that conflict with their religion." The article reported on the Interfaith group Forum for Faith in the Workplace, a Columbus-based group with members from a variety of traditions "that advocates applying the values of one's faith when working in or conducting a business... Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism all have maxims calling on workers to take responsibility for using their talents as best they can. In one form or another, all five faiths' prophets and holy books indicate that the ultimate goal of work is more than a paycheck."