The Danger of A Single Story


Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. In this TedTalk, novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

I find there are some key truths /principles in this talk, which also apply to other discussions which are currently happening in our world:

  • Judgment toward (or Rejection of) other cultures & races
  • Relationship between Christians of different churches
  • Historical figures or incidents
  • How some peoples & cultures can unwittingly portray themselves simply as victims of injustice, without sharing other aspects of their story, which highlight their gifts, accomplishments etc.
  • How religion and the Christian religion in particular, is viewed nowadays, in western cultures.

Many times, the overarching story that we hear is one-sided and tells only certain stories which cast ourselves /our group into a favourable light. Or which suit us, because it supports our point of view.

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Unity in Diversity

We’ve just celebrated Pentecost Sunday and I am reminded of the kind of unity that the Holy Spirit brings in our relationships, as we open ourselves to His work in our hearts. The distinctive mark of the Holy Spirit is NOT oppressive unity, NOR conflictual diversity, but Unity in Diversity.

An Anointed Leader to Bring Us All Together

Today begins the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It’s a whole week dedicated to praying Jesus’ prayer at the Last Supper: “That they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you” (John 17:21). What better way to begin this week than with a reading about a king anointed to unify God’s people?