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Saturday, October 25, 2008
Rob Corcoran

It feels like we are on an emotional roller coaster these days. Wild swings of the market and a tense political campaign can easily allow us to be controlled by fear, blame and anger or swayed by false hopes and promises that appeal to our self-interest.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Rob Corcoran

It was inevitable that sooner or later race would insert itself into the presidential campaign. My friend Mike McQuillan, a veteran community organizer, former Senate adviser and founding member of the Hope in the Cities network, likens it to an old coffee pot that keeps percolating. Every few years something happens that brings the vexed issue bubbling to the surface, says McQuillan who lives in Brooklyn.

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Richmond, VA skyline

Model Community: The Launch of ACTION 2006
Septermber 25-September 30, 2006

Monday, June 26, 2006
Rob Corcoran

Trust depends on the authenticity of our lives, our openness, and our willingness to start with change in ourselves. A few weeks ago I took a part in a panel discussion in Washington at the National MultiCultural Institute’s annual conference. Our topic was “The illusion of inclusion: moving from rhetoric to a sustainable future.” In discussing obstacles to inclusion, I noted that our history of racial and economic separation is a barrier to trust. Terrorism makes us more fearful and less open. A growing tendency to focus on our own wants rather the larger need is another factor. Isolation, fear and self-preoccupation all feed mistrust.

Wednesday, September 7, 2005
Rob Corcoran

It will take more than steel and concrete to repair the festering wounds revealed by Katrina’s onslaught on New Orleans. That city is a dramatic reflection of much of America. Every community must learn to ask itself hard questions.

Friday, August 20, 2004
Rob Corcoran

Many of us complain of being overworked. But most of us, if we are honest, prefer working alone, doing things our way, rather than going through the stress and frustration of including others. “One stick does not make a strong fire,“ says Syngman Rhee, the Korean-born former moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA. “If we are going to carry on a vision for justice and peace we must learn to be a team. However brave and talented I may be, without a container or framework, compassion and commitment can become wrongly directed.”

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