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Vashti McKenzie: This is not the day we’re going to die

Being a leader is like being the captain of a ship, says AME Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie. Sometimes you just have to say, "Put your oars in the water."

July 7, 2009

Editor's note: Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie was the convocation preacher at Duke Divinity's 2010 Convocation and Pastors' School.

Vashti Murphy McKenzie is a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church -- the first female bishop in its history -- and serves in the 13th Episcopal District, which includes Tennessee and Kentucky. She is a member of the President’s Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.