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What's Really Going On in the Conference Room?


In companies coast to coast, business people are meeting in small groups and talking about how their spirituality and personal values connect with their work.

This article appeared in the Fall 2000 issue of Spirituality & Health. At 11:30 a.m. on alternate Tuesdays, eight to ten people, lunch in hand, from various nearby companies, converge on a conference room at the corporate headquarters of a major Silicon Valley company. The group includes circuit designers, a tax-department manager, a product-support specialist, a CPA, a NASA test pilot, and an IRS auditor. Meanwhile, on Wall Street a similar group gathers at the offices of an intellectual property attorney. Members include a sales-support manager, a new-media customer accounts manager, a Web technical expert, a management consultant, and an attorney who is looking beyond the law for his next career. But these people don’t talk about high-tech, and they don’t talk about Wall Street, at least not directly. These men and women are part of a growing movement around the country of people coming together to talk about how their spirituality and personal values connect with their work. Conventional wisdom has held that religion is religion, and work is work. Period. But times have changed. In one …

The Rev. Marie Morgan, D.Min. is an organizational development consultant and leaders’ spirituality coach. She works in New York, Oregon, and Arizona, helping people bring their spirituality to work. She is a contributor in the anthology Rediscovering the Soul of Business (available from [email protected]).

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