Chris Heavner is campus pastor at Clemson University and a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He received Masters of Divinity from The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. At Clemson University, he devoted time to advance cooperation between black and white members of the community.
“I’m very impressed with what I’ve experienced of the Hizmet Movement. And I’d have to say the most impressive part of it all has been the ways in which persons integrate their professional life with their faith life and their devotion. In particular have been the persons I have had an opportunity to meet who are in the business world, or who are working professionally, who then understand and give a substantial part of their time, their energy, and their financial resources to continuing the work that Hizmet stands for. So my impression has been very strong.”
“The books that I’ve read of his have impressed me, and impressed me for what I would call the universality of their spiritual insights. We have a Christian theologian by the name of Martin Luther King Jr, and Dr. King talked about the strength that it takes to love, and I could not help but think of Dr. King’s writings when I was reading Mr. Gülen’s writings about love and care, and what it means to care for those around us. So I have a very positive impression of Mr. Gülen.”
“In my view, Hizmet represents the best of what all world religions would seek to do. Regardless of the name that we use to refer to God, it seems evident to me that God continually calls to us to be primarily concerned about the welfare of our neighbors, to be primarily concerned about how it is that we impact the world in a positive way…What Hizmet Movement does, I think, is speak at the core of what Islam is about. And at that core is a matter of how it is that we lose such a self-centeredness. How it is that we lose a preoccupation with “me” and “mine.””