Reachable Reconciliation: The Leverage of Kindness

By Fred Oduyoye and Rick Lawrence

We’re well aware of the divisiveness that has already claimed many relationships and caused heartbreak in families and congregations. So much hurt has piled up that it’s hard to envision how to overcome the walls that have built up between people. But there is a “secret weapon” Jesus has given us to break up the scar tissue in our relationships and bring healing: kindness. “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:43).

What do baby steps look like in our quest to offer kindness across division and strife? Here Fred Oduyoye and Rick Lawrence are joined by Vibrant Faith’s Administrator Cris Alsum and our Marketing Manager Charity Starchenko for a conversation about the leverage of kindness…


Fred Oduyoye lives in Cincinnati Ohio and is the Founder of Reachable Reconciliation, Inc, an organization and national movement designed to help people integrate into unfamiliar spaces of conversation and relationship. He has been working with and coaching leaders since 2007. He was a National Urban Training Director at Urban Youth Workers Institute for 9 years. 

Fred has also worked as the National Director of Partnerships/Networking for Youth Specialities for 4 years and is an Advisory Committee Member of the National Network of Youth Ministries. A hobby that Fred enjoys is training and coaching soccer players.

Journey with Fred in a Reachable Reconciliation Cohort!

The Cohort Includes:

– 5 live online training sessions (90 minutes) each month with your facilitator Fred Oduyoye
– Additional materials, assignments, and resources sent to your cohort between sessions
– A private online community to share in discussion, ideas, and connection

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Rick Lawrence is Executive Director of Vibrant Faith—he created the new curriculum Following JesusHe’s editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible and author of 40 books, including The Suicide Solution,The Jesus-Centered Life and Jesus-Centered Daily. He hosts the podcast Paying Ridiculous Attention to Jesus.


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