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Heart of HoUSton

Heart of HoUSton: The Spirit of Servant Leadership

For five years, the Institute for Spirituality and Health has partnered with St. Thomas University, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Compassionate Houston, and the DESIR group to host a unique conference that honors the spirit of servant leadership in our city.

Join us this year to explore how to create sustainable leadership, personal transformation and authentic involvement for individuals and organizations. Based on Laurence J. Payne's edited volume of the same name, attendees will hear from Houston leaders across disciplines to gain an understanding of how to sustainably impact our communities for the better. This event will feature 10 luminary speakers taking part in five intimate discussions focused on relationships, connections, pluralism, solidarity, and service. To begin, these conversation will be framed by Dr. Stephen Klineberg, noted professor at Rice University and founder of the Houston Area Survey.

Celebrating Five Years of the Spirit of Servant Leadership

Saturday, April 27th, 2019


St. Mark's Episcopal Church
3816 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77025  

Book - Heart of Houston: Lessons in Servant Leadership

The Heart of Houston includes an introduction by Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, Rice University sociology professor and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research about the ways Houston exemplifies this philosophy. Twenty essays come from every sector: business, commerce, education, medicine”and many more. They include religious leaders like Rabbi Samuel Karff, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel and faculty member at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Medical School; civic and literacy champions like former first lady of Houston, Andrea White; and other Houstonians whose impact emanates from their service to others. Leading by example, they have helped Houston preserve a strong sense of community, philanthropy, and positive energy as it has grown from a small Southern town to a thriving, international metropolis. They exemplify the idea that the world is not about I or you but the togetherness of we.

You can purchase Larry Payne’s book HERE.