Today I was fortunate to interview Al Quie about his experiences with spirituality and leadership. Al Quie was formerly the Governor of Minnesota and a U.S. Congressperson. He's also been involved in prison ministries for more than 30 years. Here are some excerpts of our conversation, over orange juice at Perkins:
The realities of the invisible and learning the language of the invisible
Listening to God is like deciphering a bad accent
Going to prison for the first time
Asking another congressman to pray & praying with Gerald Ford when he was appointed President
Moving towards those who don't have power. God wants us to pay attention to those we neglect.
Institutions can provide justice, but not love.
Discerning God's will in secular groups
Leaders set the tone for organizations
Most organizations are fearful of sharing what went wrong