Learning about Providence from Hannah's Child

Leaders in church and academy alike may yet discover a renewed capacity to incorporate what God makes possible in our institutional thinking. However, I doubt that trying to do so in our next annual report about objectives that we have achieved in our five-year strategic plan is the best place to start. Rereading the saga of Samuel in the ways Hauerwas suggests might not be a bad idea, though. And reading Hauerwas' memoir reinforces my own conviction that we all need to rediscover the humility necessary to locate our individual and collective stories within the history of what God is making possible.


This article was first published in Faith & Leadership and is reprinted with permission.

Michael G. Cartwrightis an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and an associate professor at the UM-related University of Indianapolis, where he serves as dean of Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs. He is also the co-editor of The Hauerwas Reader.

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