Leadership Conference 2014: Serving through Leadership in the Manner of Friends - Ann Riggs
2014 ESR Quaker Leadership Conference: Leading as Servants in the Manner of Friends - August 15-17, 2014
Using historical and contemporary Quaker resources, we will explore the tasks of a servant leader focusing on three areas: building empathic community with all the diverse stakeholders of an organization, grasping the wider and long-term implications of both actions and inactions, and leading from a base of experience. Using insights from John Woolman, we will look at building insightful connections with all involved as a central leadership task. Using nineteenth century leaders among Friends as role models for learning what Greenleaf calls leadership foresight, we will examine the long-term consequences and implications of taking institutional action or nottaking institutional action. Finally, looking at selected writings about the spiritual experiences of early Friends, we will consider how the substantive changes made recently at Friends Theological College in Kenya occurred by making small changes to the experiences people were having there.
Bio: Ann Riggs has led Friends Theological College, Kaimosi, in Western Kenya from 2009 as Field Staff for Friends United Meeting. She is returning to the United States at the end of the 2013-14 academic year and joining the faculty of Loyola University of Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. She has served on the Christian and Interfaith Relations Committee of Friends General Conference for many years, was Director of the Faith and Order Commission and Associate General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA 2002-2007and is currently a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.