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Gospel and Government

St. Andrew's Principal Lorne Calvert recently talked with Faith & Leadership, an online magazine of Duke Divinity School, about how the gospel shaped his political leadership and how time in public life helps him run a seminary.

A portion of the article is excerpted below, with a link to the Faith & Leadership website for the full text of the interview.

Lorne Calvert has followed two paths in his professional life: religion and politics. He has moved from one field to the other over the past 40 years, as a United Church of Canada minister, a Canadian political leader and now the leader of a theological seminary.

His faith and his training as a minister has influenced his politics -- indeed, Calvert got into politics in 1986 running on a platform of opposition to a proposed local casino.

But he says his return to the institutional church has been a fulfilling one.

“In elected office, you can have a profound impact on individuals and communities, but not in the deeper meanings in life,” he said. “We need people from our theological schools who will walk across that cold cemetery with you.”

A former premier -- or head of government -- of Saskatchewan, Calvert is currently the principal of St. Andrew’s College, the United Church of Canada seminary on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, and the site of Calvert’s own theological education.

Prior to his time in public office, Calvert served as minister in several small rural congregations throughout the province of Saskatchewan.

Jason Byassee, the Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology, spoke with Calvert about the differences between leadership in public office and in small church ministry, and about the executive’s role in a small theological college.

Q: How does your theology matter for how you lead?

I share this notion, widely written on, of “servant leadership.” If it’s good enough for the pope to be servant of the servants of Christ, then it is for us.

I’d remind myself all the time in public office that the whole point here is to serve the neighbor, the community, as best we can. If a moment comes, when running for office or occupying a pulpit, where it’s supposed to serve me, then you better look for something else.

I love the scene at the Last Supper where they argue who’s the greatest, and the answer is, “It must be the servant of all.” To carve that into the desks of legislatures would be a good idea.

Read the rest of the article here.

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