LGU Program – Corinthian Baptist Church

The Leadership and Global Understanding (LGU) program is an academic minor at La Salle University that “prepares students to become engaged citizens and civic leaders in the local, national, and international communities in which they live, study, and work.

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View from outside of the Church.

These students work in various locations throughout the city to be involved with economic, educational, political, and social environments in a dynamic, interpersonal way. These students are part of the community that they serve. Instead of always being the observant in certain areas, LGU students focus on being active participants, which enable them to better grasp the community around them.

“I think that the LGU program is brilliant because it raises essential humanistic questions,” Cody Swan said. “By looking through the lenses of various disciplines, Dr. Allen teaches us how to conceptualize the vast interconnectedness of various socioeconomic, political, and moral issues.”

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Another view from outside the Church.

Dr. Allen is not only involved with the LGU program at La Salle, but she also plays a big role with the Exploring Nutrition Program at the University as well, which focuses on feeding the local community.

Both organizations allow students to be involved with service and gaining experiences that they would never get just by sitting in the classroom.

“As we read comprehensive literature and primary documents and speeches relating to activist liberation theology, we are aiming to strengthen ties with these institutions in addition to helping them become more active and far-reaching in their respective missions,” Swan continued.

Swan, along with Karla Fernandez, helps out at Corinthian Baptist Church, which is located at 6100 North 21st Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. The two work alongside Pastor Ronald K. Hill at the church, which has been in service since 1900.

Here’s a little history for one of the beacons in Germantown via their website:

“Ground was broken for the present building on October 5, 1958 and through sacrificial giving, the church was able to burn the mortgage in April of 1971. After serving for 27 years, Rev. Newsome retired in 1973. The Associate Minister, Rev.IMG_3609 Charles Adams, assisted the deacons in serving the congregation until June 1974, when Rev. C. L. Pryor was called from Duquesne , PA. Rev. and Mrs. Pryor officially joined Corinthian’s congregation in October 1974 and Rev. Pryor was installed as pastor in November 1974. Rev. Pryor served at Corinthian as Under Shepherd for 33 years until his retirement in October 2007 and Rev. Ronald King Hill became the Interim Pastor until and two years ago become the Pastor.”

Unfortunately, Pastor Hill was unavailable to talk to me over the last few weeks. Swan and Fernandez did inform me that they were in contact with him and their project will be developing over the next few weeks.

However, you can find out more information about Corinthian Baptist Church and their different services and ministries by going to their website.

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Explorer Nutrition Project

Hunger is a huge issue in the United States. In fact, some of the biggest issues in Philadelphia is the amount of hunger in the majority of the city’s communities. Much of this is accompanied by the poverty rate in Pennsylvania as a whole, which is almost at a scary 12.5 million people according to the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

The Exploring Nutrition Project was founded by La Salle University to help fight this issue. Their mission is “to create a model by which urban universities can, in partnership with local businesses, community organizations, and religious institutions, utilize collective resources and expertise to have a positive impact on their neighborhood’s health and nutritional well-being”.

The chairwoman of Integrative studies at La Salle University, Dr. Marjie Allen, wanted to make La Salle a forefront for combating hunger in the city of Philadelphia, showing how much they actually care.

La Salle Students helping to   impact the neighborhood’s health and nutritional well-being in a positive way.

La Salle Students helping to impact the neighborhood’s health and nutritional well-being in a positive way.

A huge conflict with combating hunger in Philadelphia is the unavailability and lack of fresh food at local, neighborhood grocery stores.

“Fresh produce is extremely expensive,” Allen said. “The average family income in our neighborhood is $24,000.”

La Salle did its part, however, giving the Olney community the Fresh Grocer, which is located at the Shoppes at La Salle and is an integral part of the La Salle community, for students and local neighbors.

With Fresh Grocer recently being acquired by ShopRite and other big-name companies, the local grocery store has finally got completely fresh food throughout its entire store. Students in La Salle LGU capstone (Leadership and Global Understanding) also try to help the neighborhood out with their work in the community.

Over the last few years, nearly 80 La Salle students, faculty, and staff members collected 3,600 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables, which they distributed among 15 community partners, feeding more than 2,000 people. They raised more than $5,000 through contributions and various fundraisers, with generous help from Fresh Grocer and Beneficial Bank.

There is so much more that these men and women do on and off campus. In fact, they work in local churches and service centers to help men and women who are hungry and in need. These efforts are exactly what the ‘La Sallian Way’ is all about. The Exploring Nutrition Project at La Salle University is doing its best part to combat hunger in Philadelphia and stay afloat throughout the local community.

Pheed Philadelphia

‘Pheed Philadelphia’ is a soup kitchen program at La Salle University aimed to fighting hunger in the local community.

This student organization works throughout the Philadelphia area and serves food to people in places such as the St. Francis Soup Kitchen, the Face-to-Face program at St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.

Philadelphia is ranked eighth among cities in America where people do not have enough food, which is a huge reason why students like Molly Mahon and Becca Long have been involved since their first days at La Salle.

“I think it’s really good to step off this campus and see what’s going on, like, two miles down the road someone is hungry right now,” Mahon said. “They probably don’t have a meal for tomorrow, either, so to step out of my reality and constantly be reminded of that is something that’s always been interesting to me.”

Pheed Philadelphia students making sandwiches on the union patio.

Pheed Philadelphia students making sandwiches on the union patio.

These students get involved as much as possible. Below is the Pheed Philadelphia schedule for the spring semester. They encourage anyone to get involved with the program.

Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Face to Face [12-2 PM] Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission [5:45-7:45 PM] St. Francis Inn [3:45-7 PM] Face to Face [12-2 PM]Blessed Sarnelli Community [11:45-2:15 PM] Face to Face

[10-2 PM]

“I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to make those in need happier,” said Long.

To get involved with this organization, or if you have any questions, you can contact them via email (pheedphiladelphia@gmail.com) or by checking out their website.

Welcome! What is Cattai’s Corner?

Welcome to Cattai’s Corner!

For those of you looking to find out what this blog is exactly about, I’ll explain it as briefly as possible: Cattai’s Corner is a blog that encompasses my opinions, ideas and thoughts on various topics in America (whether it be sports, health, entertainment, politics and so on).

This blog was inspired by my COM 356 teacher, Professor Beatty, who asked the students to create a blog to cover nutrition. I decided to use this blog to my advantage, not only for class work, but also for anything else that I find interesting that you, the reader, may too.

It’s going to be a fun time interacting with you all. Hopefully it will be worth your while.

— David Cattai ()