The Perkins Perspective


Perkins Perspective Winter 2012Winter 2012

Volume 4, Issue 2

In this issue of the Perkins Perspective, you'll read features about participating in more effective community development, the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, and the concerns surrounding gentrification.


You'll also find a column from the Perkins Center staff about Tent City 3's campus arrival and three book reviews.

Hip-Hop, Post 9/11Tent City 3: Healing and Hope
Note From JPC Staff | Winter 2012


As Seattle Pacific University prepares to host Tent City 3 on campus, the John Perkins Center at SPU tells why TC3's arrival is important.


Miroslav VolfVolf, Advising, and the Act of Embrace

Winter 2012


A look at how Miroslav Volf's model of "embrace" can strengthen the work of community development by changing the advisor/student leader relationship.


City and Church Unite to Prevent Youth ViolenceResponding to "Savage Inequalities"

Winter 2012


"Camden (New Jersey) expanded my understanding of community development -- both geographically and experientially."


The (Sub)Urban Scene


Cultural Preservation and Ministry in the CityIt Takes a Village: UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center
Winter 2012

Explains Director Wyking Garret, “UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center Mission is to inspire and empower youth through positive education, art, culture and enterprise ..."


Cultural Preservation and Ministry in the CityGentrification and Marginalized People of Color
Winter 2012

"For those involved in urban missions or working with urban populations, gentrification is going to change how their work is done and how resources to do that work should be allocated."


The Glo(cal) Outlook

Learning the Meaning of ReconciliationA New Twist on Service Learning: The Refugee Project

Winter 2012


In calls for financial responsibility and national security at all costs, "the exhortations and commands to care for the weak seem strangely silent."



White Teacher

Winter 2012


A look at a book that considers what we can learn from children about talking about race. "... they have not yet learned that this is a largely taboo topic in the United States."


View From the Tent

Winter 2012


A candid account of life in a tent city, gleaned from years of correspondence between a long-time resident and the author. "This book challenges readers to carefully examine motives for engaging those living on the margins."

We Can't Teach What We Don't Know

Winter 2012


A future teacher explains why We Can't Teach What We Don't Know has been so important for his career teaching multiracial students -- and his recognition of a white culture that defines him.