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Episode 29: #GriefAND the Immigrant Story featuring Bethany Rivera Molinar. Bethany serves as Executive Director at Ciudad Nueva. She was born and raised in El Paso. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso where she received her bachelor of science degree. She completed graduate studies at Baylor University, earning both Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degrees. Bethany’s community development experience includes: community organizing at local and state levels, parental engagement, and bridging the local church to their neighborhood. She has worked at Ciudad Nueva since 2013 and has served in multiple capacities including middle school program coordinator, youth programs director, grant writer and director of operations. Bethany is passionate about faith-based community development and worshiping God with mind, body and spirit. She also serves on the board Christian Community Development Network. She lives and works in the Rio Grande neighborhood with her husband Adrian and their three children.
No one can tell me what I have come to know about God as a result of my own suffering and experiences. I know God to be I AM in said instances and no one can take that away from me.Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
In my conversation with Bethany Rivera Molinar, we unpack the topic of immigration and how it impacts our culture and society today. Bethany shares her insight and perspective on what she has seen within the immigrant community and within our children today. We also talk about the immigrant story and how it relates back to the Bible and our understanding of God.
Listen to the full podcast episode below:
Bethany Rivera Molinar is a contributor on my recent Voices of Lament book project. She wrote the chapter titled, “When Will Their Day Come,” an essay on Psalm 37:12-13.
If you would like to learn more about or purchase the book, Voices of Lament, you can do so at the following link: https://www.natashasrobinson.com/voicesoflament
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Bethany Rivera Molinar: Instagram
Here are some organizations that Bethany Molina is part of:
Ciudad Nueva: https://ciudadnueva.org/
You can watch a video about the Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach Youth sharing their words “To the President”
Christian Community Development Association: this organization seeks to wholistically restore communities with Christians fully engaged in the process of transformation. If you would like to learn more about CCDA you can do so on their website or on Instagram.
Other resources mentioned on the podcast:
The Prophets (Perennial Classic) by Abraham Heschel. Click below to learn more.
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