Counteracting Bias

The word bias simply means an evaluation of a belief that is favorable or unfavorable. Bias in and of itself is a neutral term. Bias is a natural inclination or tendency for or against an idea, object, persons, groups, or beliefs. We can only see and perceive people, cultures, and the world from our perspective, regardless of how correct or skewed our perspective is. Of course, if our perspective is correct and we can see things the way they are, there is no issue. However, there is an inherent bias in our perspective that keeps us from seeing people and the world the way it is. Our faith teaches and encourages us that we do not need to be stuck in our biases. By the grace of God in Jesus Christ, we can overcome our biases and see people and the world as they are. The Holy Spirit enables us to see what God sees in people, especially those who are different from us.

Counteracting Bias training is available and free at the following dates and locations. Please select the training you are interested in attending to access the registration.

Visit https://dscumc.org/ccorr and select one of the colorful buttons at the top of the page to request training at your own church.

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Author: Javier Olivares

West District Superintendent
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