Monday, 13 December 2021
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council
Temple Beit Torah:
Soul 2 Soul Sisters:
Denver Group Living Amendment:
The 2020 Census of American Religion (Public Religion Research Institute):
Religious in American (Pew):
Christian Denominations in the U.S. (USA Churches):
Saul Alinsky - activist and author
City Serve Day
Colorado Springs Faith Table
Colorado Springs Family Promise:
Exclusionary Zoning (White House):
HIstory of Redlining (World Economic Forum):
History of Redlining (National Housing Conference):
Zoning - Joint Center for Housing Students (Harvard):
Zoning & Religious Land Use (American Center for Law & Justice):
About Homeowners Associations in the U.S.:
NIMBY - “Not in My Neighborhood”
A fantastic Australian and friend, who does great work on this topic is Yassmin Abdel-Magied. I'd encourage people to look her up: . https://www.yassminam.com/
Please join 10 minutes early
Login: 13:50 Eastern U.S. Time
Meeting: 14:00–15:30 Eastern U.S. Time
Meeting ID: 844 6725 8008
Meeting organized by: Colorado Springs World Affairs Council in collaboration with Meridian International Center
Meeting Topic: A meeting with members of an interfaith group will demonstrate the value of faith-based institutions in shaping legislation and creating equitable opportunities for all people in their communities.
Meet Your Panelists
Small Business Development Administrator
City of Colorado Springs
Yemi Mobolade collaborates for the health, growth and flourishing of Colorado Springs, making his impact through economic development, entrepreneurship, community development, ministry, and leadership development. In his role as Small Business Development Administrator for the City of Colorado Springs, Yemi serves as the City’s first point of contact to the small business and start-up community. He is the central figure in the City to support business enterprises across the myriad agencies, putting a strategy in place to assist small businesses. Yemi, a Nigerian immigrant, served as the Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion for the Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation. He co-founded the Wild Goose Meeting House, Good Neighbors Meeting House, Niche Coaching and Consulting, and has established a church. He was the minister of City Outreach and Engagement at First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs and spent a previous career in quality control manufacturing. A strong community advocate, Yemi holds two master’s degrees and is involved with many boards. He currently serves on the Pikes Peak Community College President’s Advisory Council, Men’s Xchange Board of Directors, Spring Rescue Mission Board of Directors, and Thrive Colorado Springs Board of Directors, and is a Co-founder and Chairperson of COS I LoveYou, a collaborative gospel movement that exists to unite and ignite Colorado Springs churches to love the city through city engagement and service.
Meghan Carrier holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver with a concentration in community organizing and development. As the Deputy Director of Together Colorado, a state-wide, multi-race, multi-faith grassroots community organizing organization, Meghan has organized communities of faith around issues of education, housing, health care, and economic justice. During her time at Together Colorado, Meghan co-facilitated the organization’s inclusivity committee and now leads the White Healing Caucus for white staff and white lay and clergy leaders. Furthermore, she co-designed and co-led a four-part webinar series titled Dismantling White Supremacy with the Faith in Action White Caucus, which she co-leads, for white organizers and staff across the United States. For Meghan, community organizing holds a unique space in the social justice ecosystem where communities can come together over shared values and pain to create policy changes that begin to undo racist and classist systems that hurt us all. Prior to joining Together Colorado, Meghan served for three years in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh and Morocco teaching English and facilitating youth and community organizing. Meghan values creating space for multi-faith and multiracial dialogue and action. During her time with the Abrahamic Initiative and while serving as the Chair of the Social Action Committee, she lived out these values as she led projects that focused on social action and provided opportunity for dialogue and education between people of diverse backgrounds.
Rabbi Iah Pillsbury
Temple Beit Torah
Rabbi Iah Pillsbury is the Rabbi of Temple Beit Torah, a small reform congregation in Colorado Springs. She teaches and guides groups of all ages, officiates in all life-cycle ceremonies, engages in community building and organizing, and produces ketubot and other ritual text and artifacts. Rabbi Pillsbury serves on the board of Family Promise Colorado Springs, a local branch of a national interfaith direct service organization committed to ending family homelessness and helping families currently experiencing homelessness. Rabbi Pillsbury is currently co-chair of Colorado Springs Faith Table, a local caucus of Together Colorado. Through the Faith Table, faith leaders in Colorado Springs join together to affirm the dignity of all in the community, especially those on the margins. Its various faith traditions speak on issues of justice and opportunity with those on the margins of society, work with partners and community leaders to improve conditions for those on the margins, and engage faith communities and the wider community in prayer, education, and action. Rabbi Pillsbury is a graduate of the University of Chicago and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati Campus.
About the Organization
COS I Love You is a “City Gospel Movement” in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The purpose is to unite all religions to serve their city and community. COS I Love You organizes a large city-serve day where numerous churches of various faiths join together to donate time to improve their community. They believe in the importance of people joining together for the purpose of serving others, regardless of religion.
Together Colorado (Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a coalition of 220 congregations, schools, and faith leaders across Colorado, collectively rooted in sacred traditions, who work together to “move from fear to liberation, from violence to life, from isolation to beloved community,” so that human dignity and care for creation is at the center of public life in Colorado. Together Colorado is a member of the national network, Faith in action. Driven by their vision for a sacred community, they are committed to “sustaining the earth and all its inhabitants, so that everyone has the opportunity to thrive, without exception.” Together Colorado runs various campaigns to promote education and legislation awareness such as affordable housing, climate justice, criminal justice, economic justice, immigration, and healthcare. These promote reform and call the Colorado community into action.
Temple Beit Torah is a small reform congregation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It counts more than 90 families as members, and hosts a vibrant and inclusive religious school. The synagogue offers educational programs, and a robust adult education program.