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Fred Oduyoye

Roe v. Wade – Listening, Learning, Loving

The last five years have exposed deep divisions, some festering for decades, in American culture. Political, racial, and moral disputes have boiled over the boundaries of civility into shattered relationships, warring families, violence, and even threats to our democracy. And last week’s Supreme Court decision striking down Roe v. Wade, returning the abortion rights debate …

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Long-Term Change vs. the Check-Box Mentality

By Fred Oduyoye and Rick Lawrence The most mature people we know (spiritually and otherwise) have paid the price and made the sacrifice to grow past their good intentions. And, let’s not fool ourselves, our words are like the caboose on a train—what we say must always follow what we do, and our doing must overshadow our talking. This dynamic is …

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Inviting God Back Into Our Reactions

By Fred Oduyoye and Rick Lawrence We are most like atheists when we are caught up in our reaction to something that angers or challenges or upsets us… Our reactions often exclude God—and important understandings of others—from our conversations. This is the primary reason we’ve become so divided in our culture. We have compartmentalized our reactions away from …

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Reachable Reconciliation: Bridging the Bubbles

By Fred Oduyoye and Rick Lawrence Last year the National Basketball Association playoffs were held in the “Orlando Bubble” (or “Disney Bubble”), an isolation zone at Walt Disney World that was created by the NBA to protect players from the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-two of the thirty NBA teams were invited to participate—games were held with no fans and …

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