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Profitability and Justice: The Case of the Living Wage
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Can a business be profitable and also pay a living wage?

On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics with the Woodstock Theological Center Arrupe Program in Social Ethics for Business of Georgetown University will be hosting a workshop, as part of the Institute’s Annual Summit, from 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. at the Walsh Library Rotunda on “Profitability and Justice: The Case of the Living Wage.”

How does a business person wanting to be a servant leader approach decisions regarding wages? The case of the living wage leads us to ask whether business leaders have responsibilities beyond that of the minimum wage and its legal standards.

Facilitated by the Woodstock Theological Center Arrupe Program in Social Ethnics for Business at Georgetown University, the workshop will bring together business and academic leaders to focus on the issue of a living wage in the midst of the concrete demands of profitability. The program will examine business perspectives on the topic, joined with theological reflection on the demands of justice in our day. The method of the workshop will be experiential, focusing on the concrete experiences of the participants and seeking to bring to light their living wisdom. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, please contact the Center for Catholic Studies at, or (973) 275-2525.

Center for Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, the Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture. It co-established the new core curriculum at Seton Hall, including Signature Courses such as: The Journey of Transformation and Christianity and Culture in Dialogue. Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center regularly sponsors faculty development programs, including seminars, workshops and retreats. It also sponsors an undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies, with major, minor and certificate programs, as well as foreign study opportunities. The Center, which includes the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics and the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture, offers opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs on faith and culture topics for the general public all over the world. The Center publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, as well as The Lonergan Review and Arcadia, a student journal.

Micah Institute for Business and Economics
The Micah Institute for Business and Economics operates under the aegis of the Center for Catholic Studies. Its mission is to introduce faculty, students, and the business community to the Catholic perspective on business and economic life. It seeks to present the multiple ways in which these two interactive and vital engines impact the lives of all individuals personally, communally, and professionally. Through its programs and projects, namely the Micah Business Leadership Project, the Woodstock Business Conference/Seton Hall Chapter and the Catholic Social Teaching Topics, the Micah Institute offers a comprehensive understanding of Catholic social teaching, economic justice and the world of work. It addresses key social issues, explores whether there is a more just way for the economy to work, and how well do we prepare people, particularly the next generation, to build a more just and equitable society.

Woodstock Theological Center
Arrupe Program in Social Ethics for Business
The mission of the Woodstock Theological Center Arrupe Program in Social Ethics for Business at Georgetown University is to develop, refine, and communicate an empirically-based Christian social ethics for business. The Arrupe Program pursues its mission following the Woodstock Theological Center’s unique approach to theological reflection, at all times enjoying a method of research, reflection, understanding, and judgment in a cumulative and iterative process that honors the data of experience. It engages the talents and attentive listening skills of highly qualified and experienced business leaders working with theologians and academics.

For more information please contact:
Danute Nourse
(973) 275-2525


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