Fixed mindset v Growth mindset

Thought Leaders Series: 2019

The issue with religious folks (all faiths) lies in their understanding and interpretation of ‘reality’.

For religious folks reality is subjective, therefore events and history is subjective. In other words reality is seen only through the theological or doctrinal tenets of their ‘sacred text’.

The issue here is that these sacred texts were in fact written by thinkers and philosophers who were themselves trying to make sense of the complexities of their world. If these folks were alive today they would have corrected most of their errors themselves.

But because these texts are deemed sacred, they stay fixed. As a result religious folks often operate with a fixed mindset, as to a growth mindset which opens up new possibilities for knowledge acquisition, understanding and progress.

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Healingsprings fellowship: Human Capital Development


Stand Up Against Neo-segregation #Windrush

Thought Leaders Series: 2018

On my way back from an event at the House of Parliament to address the challenges facing undocumented citizens from the Caribbean, a . policy that can at best be described as neo-segregation, I overheard three professionals talking casually about plans for their holidays to the Caribbean. Nothing was mentioned about visas, mostly about resorts and activities while there.

Sadly this is not the case for some from the Windrush generation. We now have long standing members of our communities being treated like criminals as a result of policies by this government in their bid to help UKIP further their agenda to polarise our communities.

People who have suffered racism, classism, denied opportunities, being treated like criminals. People who have not been able to take a holiday, or visit loved ones as a result of not having the ‘right’ document.

Nation states are manmade. Borders are artificial, even these documents are arbitrary.

If we created them, we can stand up against them when their purpose serve as tools for oppression.

Big props to @HackneyAbbott @DavidLammy @DawnButlerBrent, The Windrush Cultural Archives, other organisations, and individuals who came up to share their awful ordeals in the hands of this Tory government.

Moving forward, we need to harness this political will, and build on this momentum for equality, and equality of opportunities.

Why should some passports be treated more favourable than others in the 21st century?

Let us push the boundaries further for a borderless world.

A passport should not be used as a tool for neo-segregation!

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Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

If the Bible is not infallible as tradition implies, do we then throw the baby and the bath water?

My answer is emphatically no. As I believe faith can be harnessed as a force for good. But in order to achieve this good, leaders will need to be theologically educated (ideally in a tertiary institution that is independent of any church tradition); and opened to new ideas through a commitment to lifelong learning and continuous professional development.

If leaders are entrusted with the lives and destiny of people, this is a worthwhile investment. It is no surprise that Martin Luther King studied sociology, theology, then proceeded to do his doctoral studies. If he invested in himself intellectually in his era, what do we think the intellectual demands of our era are?

So, last week I argued that women are most times portrayed negatively in the Bible. For example: Eve, Delilah, Jezebel, and Salome come to mind. And that as we celebrate women, we need to understand that some of the big challenges women are facing today like equal pay actually take their root from the Judeo Christian heritage of Europe. As I write the Church of England has been severely damaged over argument about women holding high offices.

Therefore, if we are really serious about gender empowerment or equality, we will need to look beyond the Bible. If anything, much of the gains women enjoy today were achieved by The Enlightenment.

I then proceeded to explain the motives behind the library of writings we refer today as the Torah, emphasising that the primary agenda was nationhood, hence it is broadly centred around: One God, One People and One Covenant.

The redactors were careful to use characters known through Jewish history to convey the sort of values that will strengthen and foster unity and prosperity; and those that were detrimental to their cause.

Hence they weaved into these stories values like collectivism, selflessness, faithfulness, loyalty, sacrifice, patience, humility, vision, kindness, unity, etc. At the same, time inverses or polar opposites like individualism, selfishness, disloyalty, greed, shortsightedness, pride etc.

To this end the characters we find in these stories are not there by coincidence, they are symbols and milestones in the struggle of a people trying to carve out a distinct future amidst the complexities of the world around them.

Also, that we find ourselves in grave difficulties when we try to read these stories through the lenses of the New Testament or Christian dogmas and doctrines. Worse still, treat them as timeless universal principles that govern all aspects of human life.

As a health warning, while there might be elements of universality in some of the text, they are clearly Jewish stories which were written with the vision of bringing the people together towards a common goal – nationhood.

Today I will be wrapping up my lecture on the Witch of Endor. Questions include: what were the redactors trying to convey? How did it serve the community in their nation building project?

In other words, what sort of Operative Narratives and Scripts were the Elders envisioning through this ground breaking project.

Join us at 3pm

St John the Evangelist Hall

Church Rd,

Sidcup DA14 6BX

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