The cognitive dissonance of American Christians’ opposition to refugees

  As American Christians, it seems we have a problem with cognitive dissonance. This question of the internal conflict between irreconcilable principles pops up around any number of issues, between the true and difficult teachings of the Gospel, and our comfortable, socially acceptable and yet Gospel-antithetical views on unbridled greed, exclusion, war-for-profit, poverty, treatment of … Continue reading The cognitive dissonance of American Christians’ opposition to refugees

Women’s equality — a fight to save us from ourselves

  Tuesday was the 100th anniversary of the Senate passing the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. While ratification wouldn’t come until August 1920, passage by the all-male Senate marked an important turning point in women’s rights. But, like the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it … Continue reading Women’s equality — a fight to save us from ourselves

“Stepping Into Fear” — Christian, Jewish congregations hear message of hope, love overcoming fear

ENID, Okla. — Members of at least six congregations of the Christian and Jewish faiths gathered at St. Stephen AME Church Monday evening for an ecumenical service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his enduring legacy. The service, hosted by St. Stephen AME and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, featured an address by Rabbi … Continue reading “Stepping Into Fear” — Christian, Jewish congregations hear message of hope, love overcoming fear

PANDAS and PANS: Families drawn together by rarely diagnosed diseases

  ENID, Okla. — The families of Ryker Sutherland and Jett Hartling have long had a lot in common. Both boys now are 11 years old and sixth-graders at Waller Middle School. Both have been active boys, and both enjoy baseball. But over the last two years, the families have been drawn closer together by … Continue reading PANDAS and PANS: Families drawn together by rarely diagnosed diseases