Work in Worship by Cameron Rutland, (Hodder & Stoughton, £5.95).
FOR TOO long there has been a void between the needs of the Christian at work and those of the Christian at worship. Despite the fact that the Churches have made considerable efforts to stress the Christian's role in work, and that from Rerum Novarum to Laborern Exereens there has been much teaching concerning the rights of the worker, these concerns have not been reflected in the worship of the Churches.
Cameron Butland is concerned with the whole life of the Christian — with his experience in the workplace, his experience of unemployment, and his experience of the Christian life. If a Christian is to be a whole person not only does his work have to reflect his worship, but also his worship must reflect his work.
Unemployment is one of the great social evils of our time. Cameron Butland deals with the subject in a separate section partly, he says, to avoid any confusion with other sections, but also to draw attention to the material. This is important because it is too easy for those of us who are fortunate enough to be in employment to try and hide the unemployed away — to conveniently forget their existence.
This is a valuable resource book, which will, hopefully, .help to heal the void between work and worship and perhaps also promote understanding between employer and employee, and between employed and unemployed.