Chaplains aid Wall Street workers as commentators blame greed, risk-taking

Preparing for the ripple effect
As stock market fears and billion-dollar emergency proposals rocked Wall Street, some dazed employees in the financial sector whose faith in the economy was shaken are turning to religious leaders for personal guidance.

In the background, clergy, ethicists and business analysts tried to address the greed and moral errors within the economic system.

When the urgent dimension of the crisis was evident on September 21, many pastors could reflect on a lectionary reading for that day: Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the vineyard workers who got paid the same wage no matter how much work they did that day.

“People who still have their jobs are asking, ‘Am I next?’ They are much less certain of their place in their company and in the world,” said Mary Ragan, a psychologist at the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute in New York.

 

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