Posts Tagged leadership

Thankful Thursday – The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell brings to my life. Dr. Campbell is currently the Director of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State. She is formerly executive director of the US office of the World Council of Churches and former general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. She holds ordination in both the American Baptist Churches and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.) She encouraged me greatly in the writing and editing of, Christian Civility in an Uncivil World. She has shown remarkable leadership in her role as chaplain at the Chautauqua Institution. She has demonstrated such an understanding and acceptance of people of different faith traditions. Because of her influence my religious and spiritual boundaries have been broadened and deepened. She has brought religious leaders into my life that I would have never heard any place else. She encourages young ministers and reinforces experienced ones. When our visits to Chautauqua have coincided with the annual ecumenical communion service, I have hardly been able to contain my joy at such a moving, meaningful service. She has gathered a devoted staff around her. She is a player on the world stage, but when she is in her role at Chautauqua, her humanity and her humility shine through.  She is the author of, Living into Hope: A call to Spiritual Action for Such a Time as This. In 2010 she received the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award. Her daughter, Jane, is the first woman elected mayor of Cleveland. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Pat and Hack Ezell

            On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Patricia and Melvin (Hack) Ezell bring to my life. This highly involved, energetic couple provides an example for us all. Pat is a native of Arkansas and Hack hails from North Carolina. They have both retired from distinguished careers at the Citadel. Pat was Assistant Dean to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and Hack was Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Science. In 1997 Pat was selected as the employee of the year. They are devoted parents and grandparents. Both are deeply involved in the mission of First Baptist Church. Both have served as chair of the diaconate. Hack has chaired the Long Range Planning Committee. They both help arrange Joy Club trips and sing in the senior choir. They both prepare the annual Joy Club Luncheon for the Hamrick Lectureship. Hack is greatly involved in the Gideon Society and serves as the FBC representative to the Charleston County Baptist Association. Both are involved in promoting the programs at Bonnie Doom Conference Center and the FBC beach house. Thinking about all they do makes me tired. Both taught at Mars Hill College before arriving in Charleston. Both have graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Set Goals – Key 44

            What are your priorities for your life, your relationships, your work, your spiritual development? Give each of these areas of your life serious thought. Develop meaningful goals for every part of your life. Write them down or they are just wishful thinking. Put them where you can read them every morning and every night. Review and revise as life changes.  Develop action steps that move you forward. At the end of every day, ask yourself this question and answer it honestly. What have I done today that moves me toward my goal?  Setting meaningful, relevant goals is a vital aspect of self-leadership. You are not depending on a supervisor or someone else to impose them. You are in charge of you. Setting your own goals gives you a major boost on your journey.

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