Advocating for the Truth

Michelle Henry, partner at the Toronto corporate law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, spoke to a packed house at Theology on Tap on November 25, 2013.

Michelle’s talk — "Living Your Faith in the Corporate World" — focused on how to balance the needs of our economic world and career with our spiritual needs.

Michelle reflected on how many of her Catholic values mirror those of a good lawyer: advocating for the truth, being fair with clients, etc. She credited her success as a lawyer to her relationship with God; she is fulfilled because she is utilizing her God given gifts as an arguer.

When it comes to conflicts between your faith and your employer, Michelle first recommended stepping back and praying about the situation. Are you using your talents fully? Are there actions you can take to better your workplace? She stressed: success comes in many forms, being prosperous in our personal and spiritual lives is just as important (if not more so) than being financially prosperous.

When conflicts between yourself and employers can not be easily resolved, Michelle recommended negotiating with your employer to find a solution that embraces your religious values and the needs of the institution you work for. While employers are required to accommodate your religious needs, you as an employee also need to be sensitive to the needs of your employer.

To conclude, Michelle emphasized that we are all given talents from God, and that God wants us to use these gifts to achieve not only prosperity at work, but also at home, and in our relationship with God.

Reflection By: Audrey Reid
Photo By: Renee Young