YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City


I grew up in a culture that encouraged shining our light so others would see the goodness of God’s love. But that same culture got nervous when your light attracted a certain type of people or when it challenged the status quo. Being a light in a dark world can be scary because it shines […]

MONDAY MORNING JOE: We all have a Responsibility

What does scripture say about responsibility? https://vimeo.com/768144451 Here are a few key verses on responsibility to care, respect, and to be honest with your neighbors: “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.” Exodus 22:21-22 “The foreigner residing among you […]

MONDAY MORNING JOE: The Meaning of Respect

On August 22, 1855 in Paris, France, at first World Council of YMCAs, a global purpose agreement was adapted by leaders across the globe. What is known as the Paris Basis is an acknowledgement of the work and witness of the YMCA. The Paris Basis reads: “The Young Men’s Christian Associations seek to unite those […]

MONDAY MORNING JOE: What is Honesty?

Honesty means different things to different people, but at the Y, we define it as telling the truth. But what does telling the truth mean? Some believe it is telling people what you think. I don’t think that’s it. I have known folks who would say what’s on their mind, and say they were being […]

Belonging Begins With Us

The Y believes our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome, and we can all work together for the common good. For more than 160 years, the Y has provided immigrants with support and resources to integrate well and fully participate in American society. The Y has a long history of welcoming and engaging immigrants […]

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Living Into Your Potential

You have the potential to live an epic story, to create a new soundtrack, and press through the pain change, and fully live into your potential. But you need to begin listening to the voice and respond.One night, a young man awoke to a voice calling to him. He thought it was the old priest […]

MONDAY MORNING JOE: New Story & Soundtrack

Creating a new story and a new soundtrack is difficult. It is joyous and scary at the same time. It’s joyful because you have made the difficult decision to make an important change in your life. It is scary because you’ve probably attempted to make this same change before, but things did not go as […]

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Creating Your Soundtrack

Soundtrack? Playlist? Don’t get caught in the semantics. Whether you are on an 8-track or you’re on Spotify, the soundtrack Joe’s talking about is the one in our minds. How do you ditch the songs that have been on repeat and create the perfect playlist to accompany the epic story telling he talked about last […]

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Telling An Epic Story

Telling an epic story with our lives is something we all long for in some way. Epic storytelling doesn’t have to be about dispatching a ring in Mount Doom. Epic storytelling with our lives can be as simple choosing to love your spouse deeper or deciding you’re going to volunteer. Epic storytelling with our lives […]

MONDAY MORNING JOE: Putting Love Into Action

AUGUST 15: WHAT STORY ARE YOU TELLING Joe has been married for nineteen years today so naturally, he gives us his best Princess Bride “mawage” impression. With love on the brain, Joe also shares tips on how to share Christ’s love with others. 3 WAYS TO SHOW CHRIST’S LOVE 1. Go the extra mile. When […]