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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Key Facts about Child Labor by Corrinn Cobb

On Tuesday, October 7th, the US Department of Labor announced the release of the Bureau of International Labor Affairs’ annual assessment of global efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.  The report, titled “2013 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor” examines more than 140 countries and their populations of child workers.  US Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez, stated that the report “shines light on children around the globe who are being robbed of their futures.”  The report also suggests actions countries can take to reduce child labor and the deplorable conditions they work. Five key facts that the report highlighted include: A staggering number of children around the world are working in deplorable conditions. Child laborers...

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