Avoiding Another Garner by Corrinn Cobb

In an op-ed piece in Newsweek, University of Chicago Law School professor, Richard Epstein, argues that professionalization of police force would control police abuse.  While most criminologists agree that “today’s police departments are more professional than ever before,” Epstein believes that more can be done to make them better, more efficient, and to help reduce police abuse and brutality. Epstein outlines several steps to reforming police departments across the nation.  A first suggestion is to require police officers to wear cameras.  This would help to reduce the level of uncertainty when attempting to decipher and understand police/citizen confrontations.  Epstein also believes that this will help to keep police officer’s behavior in check as...

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Millennials and Church by Corrinn Cobb

This week’s blog is in response to Relevant Magazine’s article, “The Unexpected Things Millennials Want in Church.” The article caught my eye as I am always interested in what supposed ‘experts’ and surveys have to say about my generation.  Most of the time, we are bashed as being self-centered, entitled, materialistic and narcissist, forever attached to technology and social media.  But some how, we remain the most ‘civically engaged’ generation as compared to Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers.  Ironic, to say the least. I appreciated that this article – while pretty surface level – challenged a few assumptions about Millennials, especially when it comes to church.  Some key findings of the Barna Group’s survey of folks ages 14 to 30...

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Immigration Reform… Finally by Corrinn Cobb

On November 20th, President Barack Obama announced he would grant temporary legal status to almost 5 million undocumented citizens. You can listen to the speech via Time.com. The action began with extending temporary status to who came to the US as children but did not qualify for deferred deportations in 2012. To support his reasoning, Present Obama called upon Americans to be both open to the process as well as to remember our values as a nation.  At one point, he quoted from scripture: “Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger—we were strangers once, too,” Obama added, quoting Exodus. “My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.” It is not yet...

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Is Your City “Boring?” By Corrinn Cobb

An article posted earlier this month in The Guardian by urban planner, Aaron Renn, author of The Urbanophile blog, highlights the ‘boring’ and often over-looked aspects of suburbs and small cities.  Renn argues that the mundane and dullness are key characteristics of a city or suburb that should and often do, contribute to its uniqueness and growing popularity. Some examples included Arlington, Zurlich, and Adelaide.  Arlington, Virginia, for instance, is experiencing an increase in its population, notably a growing non-white population.  Just ten miles away, the city of Washington, D.C. is actually getting whiter.  This challenges the “suburbs are too white” argument thrown against suburbs. Renn also questions why urbanites’ view of planning often...

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How do you Read the Bible? by Corrinn Cobb

Every so often, I get an email from Relevant magazine.  I mostly pass it over as mainstream, Christian fluff that really is not all that ‘relevant.’  But this article struck me as it provided “9 Things Everyone Should do When Reading the Bible.” It was indeed number nine that got me: “Read to Study. But Also, Read to Refresh Your Heart. So I began thinking: Why do I read the bible? After sharing the post with a few friends, I realized that many of us felt obligated to read the Bible, and treat it like an undergrad, midterm examination.  We whip out the highlighters, study guides, commentaries, and so on.  When we do not understand the King James Version, we turn to NIV, American Standard, the Message…and yes, many of us carry all of the...

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Interview with a Faith-Rooted Community Organizer by Corrinn Cobb

As part of the core curriculum of the MA Urban Studies – Community Development program, I am currently taking Community Organizing with Pastor Alexia Salvatierra. In a recent assignment, we were tasked with interviewing a local community organizer in our neighborhood.  I choose to interview one of my colleagues (D for the purposes of this article) and was pleasantly surprised to find that this colleague took on a very faith-rooted approach to organizing.  In her book, Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World, Salvatierra and her colleague describe faith-rooted organizing as organizing guided by faith practices and principles. I share my colleague’s responses as to help others who may be struggling to organizing their...

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Alum Update: Selma Nunes

Alum Update: Selma Nunes

Presently Selma works for Inova Health Systems, which is Northern Virginia’s leading not-for-profit healthcare provider, serving more than 1 million people each year. Currently she is a Program Developer who creates and run community health programs to help bridge faith base organizations and local non-profits together with the health system. One of my most important roles in my job is to build and sustain health ministries in low-income and under served communities in Northern Virginia. She does this by facilitating the implementation of strategic initiatives by training and supporting professional and congregational volunteers and church leadership. One of their training methods is coordinating with Wesley Theological Seminary to deliver high quality...

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