Author: Mary Vickers

April 5, 2015

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Rumour had been spreading through the factory for weeks. Their multi-millionaire owner was to send his son on a ‘surprise visit’. Management kept their eyes open for flash sports cars in the car park and well-dressed v
April 4, 2015

Darkness…..

One of the strangest experiences I have ever had was on a visit to the Big Pit Mining Museum in Blaenavon. As part of the visit you are taken on an underground tour of the disused mine. During the course of the hour or so
April 3, 2015

Seeing work through to the bitter end

I am always amazed at what lengths people go to in order to ensure they are doing their best in their work, but also to enable their fellow human beings to have a better life. Even though it is now 5 years ago, I still ha
April 2, 2015

Ordinary People called to be Extra-Ordinary

The disciples were an eclectic group of men, mostly ordinary working people; some, fishermen by trade. It was thought that Bartholomew was of noble birth, and Matthew a tax collector. Importantly, they were all different i
April 1, 2015

What if I don’t enjoy my work?

The Peter Principle is a management theory which suggests that organizations risk filling management roles with people who are incompetent if they promote those who are performing well at their current role, rather than th
March 31, 2015

Who am I connected with?

It’s showing my age a bit but I grew up when many folk songs and common sayings talked about ‘the family of man’. Ignoring the gender specificity for a moment, this phrase was about the human race, about us all being
March 30, 2015

Remaining Connected with God

We who were born in country places, far from cities and shifting faces, we have a birthright no man can sell, and a secret joy no man can tell. For we are kindred to Lordly things, wild ducks flight and white
March 29, 2015

Ubuntu – I am because you are

The South African concept of Ubuntu is encapsulated in the proverb “I am because you are”. This is a commonly held concept in South Africa, and some other African nations, and so is espoused by many people. Archbish
March 28, 2015

Being the Church in the Workplace

The quotation below continues from yesterday’s reflection in that it focusses on the relationship between the church and the workplace. “The essence of the church is as a community of disciples both gathered and scatt
March 27, 2015

Is there a Church – Workplace disconnect?

In her essay “Why Work?”, Dorothy Sayers has some possibly harsh words to say about the relationship between the Church and the Workplace: “In nothing has the Church so lost her hold on reality as in her failure to