“Working to death" - Gift, Gain and Chasing the Wind in Ecclesiastes
A talk by Dr Richard Beck from Host 2015
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Richard Beck joined us in Jersey earlier this year to take part in "Host". Whilst here he delivivered a talk on the significance of the book of Ecclesiastes - a biblical text that has inspired philospohers and thinkers and people of faith throughout the ages - and its significance for us as we think about our working lives.
At this CHOW session we will watch the video recording of this talk together before enjoying a time of open facilitated discussion on Richard's ideas and what they might mean for us and our approch to work and career.
Here is the blurb for Richard's talk:
Ecclesiastes describes work both as meaningless and as a blessing. Fusing theological and existential insights, Richard's talk will address this apparent contradiction by arguing that work becomes vanity when it is rejected as a gift to become an idolatrous pursuit of self-esteem in the face of death.