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Mark K. Shriver – Serve, Serve, Serve


Former member of the Maryland House of Delegates (1994 to 2002), democratic politician and author of this year’s community text, A Good Man, Mark Kennedy Shriver delivered a talk at chapel on January 9. His message was simple:
serve, serve, serve. “Small gestures of kindness can create ripples of hope,” he said. “When you allow honest human interaction to enter your life, those you serve can and will actually serve you. This is the impact of love, faith, and mercy.”
 
Mark leads Save the Children's U.S. Programs, which strives to ensure a fair start for all kids in the United States, including the one in five living in poverty. His career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elective office, has focused on advancing the right of every kid in America to have a safe and vibrant childhood.
 
Published in 2012, A Good Man is a self-reflecting memoir recounting an extraordinary relationship between Mark and his famous father. After a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, Mark instead turned to a search for the secret of his father's joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose. In the process, Mark discovered much about himself as a father, as a husband, and as a social justice advocate. A Good Man is an inspirational and deeply personal story about a son discovering the true meaning of his father’s legacy.
 
“My dad’s life was dedicated to serving others,” he explained. “By demonstrating to me the impact of love, faith, and mercy he taught me the meaning of unconditional love.” Before stopping to answer questions, Mark concluded his talk with a quotation from his late father: “Be servants of peace. Grieve with those who are sorrowful. Rejoice with those who are joyful. Teach those who are ignorant. Care for those who are sick. Serve your families. Serve your neighbors. Serve your cities. Serve the poor. Join others who serve. Serve, serve, serve. That’s the challenge. For in the end it will be the servants who save us all.”  

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