Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Director of the Institute for Women in Religion and Culture, is at Trinity Theological Seminary in Ghana. I recently heard her speak at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana at the 33rd Madaleva Lecture. Her topic was Women in Africa:Spirituality, Health, and Healing and these words were among the many that have stayed with me.


I read this quote in Gabrielle Union’s memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine—a good book about growing up, acceptance, resilience, and taking charge of your life.