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LFLC Member Highlight: Rev. Jean Milliken

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Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations

I consider it a great joy to serve as the co-chair of Leadership Foundations’ Leadership Council, and am grateful to serve alongside my fellow co-chair and LF board member Nate Skow.

My work – in addition to being my husband Bill’s marriage partner for almost 56 years, creating and maintaining our home, and being the mother of our two children – has been to serve as part time clergy in various Episcopal Churches in Northern Virginia and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. My particular training in pastoral counseling has brought a focus to my work in the church especially in preparing couples for marriage. I officially retired some years ago, but have continued this work in our local congregation.

Although my husband and I have been involved in supporting the work of Leadership Foundations for a number of years (with Bill serving as a board member and I having led one of the staff retreats some years ago), my knowledge and appreciation has deepened more recently having joined Nate Skow as the co-chair of the Leadership Foundations’ Leadership Council.

…my knowledge and appreciation has deepened more recently having joined Nate Skow as the co-chair of the Leadership Foundations’ Leadership Council.

I am so excited to see how our number of Leadership Council members has grown in recent months. And the LF global staff have been wonderful in keeping us focused on our mission of loving and healing our world’s cities. It has also been wonderful to communicate with each other and to welcome our new members. We celebrate that we are becoming a growing team supporting the work of the global staff and the remarkable work of the Leadership Foundations network around the world.

We celebrate that we are becoming a growing team supporting the work of the global staff and the remarkable work of the Leadership Foundations network around the world.

We have been limited in our ability to get to know some of you who are new to the Leadership Council due to COVID, but we look forward to that changing in the future. Hopefully you have been able to participate in some of the town hall meetings online and that those experiences have helped you become better acquainted with both the heart of LF as well as some of the local work in communities around the world.

I look forward to being a part of our growing community of LFLC members and to getting to know each of you and the gifts and experience you bring to serve the larger global mission of LF.

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What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.