What a treat to return to my alma mater, Lincoln Christian University, to speak at the 71st ceremony.... An extra special treat because I was the first woman in their history to speak at commencement! The speech is entitled A Leader's Call to Radical Hospitality (subtitle: Lessons Learned from a dog named Lovee). Dr. Green's Introduction begins at 10:09 and the speech begins at 21:10 through 38:39.
It seems as though we are at a juncture in human history where we must intentionally consider Francis Schaffer’s question of how shall we than live. Our human tendency to categorize, connect with those like us, and to declare difference as not right but wrong has profound implications in an increasingly pluralist society. This is our leadership challenge. Drath (2001), a leadership scholar questioned “How can people who make sense of. . . the world from differing worldviews” work together? (p. 125). How indeed? By demonstrating hospitality we might create more welcoming spaces and orientation towards others.