Greg Milligan is executive vice president at Harney Management Partners, LLC in Austin, Texas. He is a member of the Good Faith Media governing board.
1. What story, verse or passage from your faith tradition’s sacred texts has significantly influenced / shaped your life?
A friend and fellow member of our church passed away several years ago and at his service they passed out the following Scripture on small, laminated cards.
Colossians 3:12-15, 17: “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”
I still regularly carry this card with me in my suit jacket breast pocket and often recite it before a contentious meeting or hearing.
2. Who are three people (other than your family) who have shaped your life and worldview?
Jim Harney: Jim has been my friend, business partner and mentor for more than 20 years. He has taught me a lot about the technical aspects of business, but even more about the important interpersonal aspects and ethics of business and personal responsibility.
Bill Eversole: Bill and his wife, Jenny, were our first Sunday School teachers when we joined First Baptist Church of Austin. Bill has been a living example and role model of how to live life as a gentleman. He and Jenny were also very supportive of my wife and I when we went through years of fertility struggles, and now they are godparents to our son, Mason.
Griff Martin: I was co-chair of the pastor search committee that brought Griff to First Baptist of Austin. Since then, I’ve worked on a variety of church business with Griff, and our families have become good friends. He has helped me materially refocus the works around my faith and given me the tools and the voice to take on new ministry that I would not have otherwise.
3. List three of your “desert island” books, movies or TV shows.
- Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
- Movie: Any cliché ’80s movie.
- TV show: Every news channel on a rotating loop.
4. What is one of the most critical issues people are facing today?
The inability to discern truth and arrive at an agreed set of facts upon which to build public discourse and policy. This leads to impugning motives rather than debating differing ideas.
5. What are a few of your hobbies?
Anything with my 8-year-old son, golf and pressure washing (my favorite form of therapeutic escape).
6. If you could freeze your life into an already-lived 10 seconds, what would they be?
Being in the hospital with my wife, Layla, when our son was born, holding him for the first time and announcing his name to our families.
7. Our tagline at Good Faith Media is, “There’s more to tell.” What’s your “more to tell”?
My faith and views of social justice issues have been, and continue to be, evolving and I expect there to be more out-front activism in my future as I more fully live into my beliefs around these issues. Doing less than that feels like complicity.
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