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From the Chaplain

Have you been watching the Olympics? I love both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and so I have been watching every chance I get. ... One of the things I have been thinking about this year in particular is the role of identity—and the various complexities of both national and individual identity, and their political ramifications. ... Is there a difference between a “native” versus a “non-native” athlete? Who gets to decide where an athlete is from, or what her national identity is or “should be”? ... [W]e need to be careful about the assumptions we make about where someone is from (or who someone is) based on their appearance ... And we need to remember, as Maya Angelou says in her poem “Human Family”: “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” As I watch these athletes in their joy and heartbreak, as they congratulate their fellow athletes and cheer them on, in the best spirit of these Olympic Games, I couldn’t agree more: “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.

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