This past Sunday during the worship services we watched a clip from the Ted talk by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, entitled “The Danger of a Single Story.” Both the sermon and the talk speak to the pitfalls of defining anything (a person, a continent, a religion) from the information in a single narrative. The Order Of Service invited us to view the entire talk (18 minutes), which can be found here.
Afterwards, we are invited to practice by watching, reading or listening to a news piece on current religious extremism and ask:
- What’s the single story that I’m hearing?
- Who is telling the story?
- Is there a way for you to connect or identify with the people?
- Can this story be told from another perspective?