By Katie Zarrilli ’12
(Katie and Rev. Walker)
Gordon students stood in ovation after the Reverend Liz Walker’s energetic and lively convocation address, “The Risk of Love,” given in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Walker, an award-winning television journalist for 32 years, is most known for having anchored WBZ News in Boston for 20 years. Currently the host of a WCVB television show, Sunday with Liz Walker, Walker considers her best accomplishment yet her journey to Sudan, which she says drastically changed her life. She felt called to do so in 2001, and after seeing the atrocities there, she and Reverend Dr. Gloria White-Hammond, who was last year’s Baccalaureate speaker, began an organization that advocates for women and children in Sudan, My Sister’s Keeper. Hammond and Walker frequently journey back to Sudan to continue their work in the war-torn country.
After showing students a documentary she produced on the mission of My Sister’s Keeper, Walker told students to take risks because that changes lives. She used her own experience of stepping out of her comfort zone to challenge students to do the same.
“There’s something you can do right here, right now,” Walker said. “With risk comes a reward. Don’t be afraid to take risks; it has saved my life.”
Walker referenced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for justice, using love as a weapon, and the sacrifices he made in doing so, which was what propelled the Civil Rights Movement.
“Sudan was frightening and scary,” Walker said. “But I would not give up one minute of the fear I had, because when you’re on the side of justice, you’re already all right. The greatest risk is the first step.”
Walker’s message can apply to every student at Gordon. Whether someone wants to be a television news anchor—like me—or go into the field of missionary work, Walker had the same advice for everyone.
“Be bold and be confident in what you do,” Walker preached. “You have to ease out knowing that God is on the other side. Faith is moving in the dark.”
Listen to Rev. Walker’s convocation address.
Friday, January 22, 2010
By Katie Zarrilli ’12