Jan 21

Dr. King and Servant Leadership

mlkThroughout the year, servant leadership has been a topic of conversation around GCU. I’ve attended workshops on the topic, offered student retreats describing it and read a book entitled Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership by James W. Sipe and Don M. Frick.

This week, we honor a great example of servant leadership, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a man who put others first – working tirelessly for the oppressed. He was a skilled communicator – speaking powerfully through both words and actions. Dr. King acted with the moral authority of our Christian heritage. He also had a deep understanding of the social systems that prevented people from reaching their full potential.

Today, I offer a few quotes that speak to his servant leadership and conclude with a brief prayer.

“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.”

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

O God,
You love all your sons and daughters passionately and completely.
We acknowledge that Dr. King’s dream of equality,
which was first your dream at the creation of the world,
has not yet come to full flower.
As members of the Georgian Court Community,
and associates of the Mercy charism,
we commit ourselves to tending the garden of equality and peace.
Inspire us at the start of this semester:

  • to put the marginalized and oppressed first.
  • to teach in a way that communicates hope for the future.
  • to research ways to make our social systems serve all fairly.
  • to lead with the moral authority of our faith.
  • and to collaborate together for the sake of justice.

This, we humbly pray.

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