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Implicit bias makes for quick judgments

September 24th, 2020|

I play a lot of online Scrabble. I often play against people I don’t know. They have a Scrabble user name. They also frequently have a photo. Neither one of those things has any effect as to how well they play Scrabble. However, when I look at a name or a photo, I sometimes tell myself how good I think they are based upon that. The formal term for this is implicit bias. It is defined as an unconscious association, belief, or attitude toward any social group. When the attitude is conscious it falls more into the realm of stereotyping or prejudice. It is not also a negative thing. For example some of the Scrabble players have names or photos that are intimidating enough to make me think that they are better players. That is a positive implicit bias. Implicit bias can be related to race. It can be related to gender. It can be related to religion. It can be related to weight. It can be related to another personal characteristic. It drives us subconsciously to develop a warm feeling or cold feeling about an individual that we encounter. There are psychological reasons why this happens. One [...]


John 21 Ministries Revival

September 24th, 2020|

The John 21 Ministries Revival will take place on Sept. 25, 26 and 27, nightly at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jim and Sherri Wood. Bring a friend and be spiritually revived! Be blessed! The Holy Spirit will definitely show up! See you there at 32852 Sussex Hwy., Laurel. Call 629-6562 for more information.

Mount Olivet meets for worship, offers online service

September 24th, 2020|

The people of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church have the opportunity to meet in the sanctuary every week at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings for worship. Social distancing is being practiced and there are masks available for anyone who needs one. Hand sanitizer is also available at many locations in the church.   The service has evolved since COVID-19. The Bible readings are pre-recorded by the liturgist of the week. We sing with masks on. Our beautiful pipe organ can be heard playing hymns again. The Book of Acts continues to be the focus of the sermons. Pastor Christine Bowden provides connections between first century and today’s challenges.    Anyone who does not feel comfortable attending in person yet is encouraged to watch the weekly service on Facebook or YouTube. The service is [...]


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