This is a series of essays on the general topics of organized labor, education and religion written from the author's own experiences as a Brethren minister, as a member of the Chicago Teachers Union and CIO, and as a social scientist at the University of Chicago. Most of the essays deal with the changes over the years in organized labor -- the bureaucratic results of business unionism, and the transformations in organizing from the time the author was a young school teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the present -- at the University of Chicago. He discusses his Mennontte and Brethren background and its mixture of radicalism and farm belt conservatism and how a ""plain"" boy from such a heritage could find his way into an urban labor movement. He also deals with the problems of general education from a democratic socialist, personalist and pacifist point of view. The book is based on articles which have appeared in various magazines and specialized journals. One would expect that, convictions , for his experience and interests the author would be better informed about some aspects of the labor movement than he is.