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Roy Howard

Roy Howard

Roy Howard is the dean of the Academy of Artful Leadership, a leadership coach and previous book review editor of the Presbyterian Outlook. He lives in North Potomac, Maryland.

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Sabbath as Resistance WALTER BRUEGGEMANN Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky. 89 pages In his characteristic style, Brueggemann presents a compelling alternative..

When I washed the feet …

(Used by permission of the author.)

 

When I knelt to wash the feet of an African-American woman who is an elder of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I knew the moral universe of my youth had vanished. A cynic viewing the action only moments before when she knelt to wash my feet could argue that nothing had changed. But when the roles changed, even a cynic could acknowledge that deep change has occurred.

It certainly did to me in last Maundy Thursday, when a small group of Christians gathered to remember the gospel story of the night Jesus washed his disciples' feet. We listened to the story and I said a few words about servant leadership. Then we came forward, two by two, to wash one another's feet, reenacting Jesus' humble example of love.

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