What is sweet for the Giver may be toxic to the Receiver

The first book we read at Drew Theological School when we take a Shalom course on community organizing and community development is Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton. The book is about why the system of charity is broken, and a better way to give and receive. I recently had the opportunity to hear Robert Lupton speak about “Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to

Using a ‘Shalom approach’ to mitigate HIV/AIDS in Western Uganda

By Julius Kasaija, Regional Shalom Trainer and Director of SARS Uganda Our goal was to increase knowledge and skills among the 2,000 Youth (15-24 Years) and 2,500 adults (25 Years and above) in three sub-counties of Kasambya, Kakindo and Birembo Sub-counties, (12 Parishes) in Kibaale District of Western Uganda in order to reduce the Incidence of HIV by 7 % and mitigate the causes and consequences of AIDS by the

Interview with Shalom Intern, Kory Turner

Kory N. Turner is participating in the Communities of Shalom Internship by Drew University Theological School. He is serving in a Shalom Zone in Memphis, Tennessee. How would you describe your understanding and vision of prophetic ministry in the congregation and community? In my experience, there is no specific way to describe prophetic ministry. Traditionally, in my faith tradition, a prophet was one who told people/the church about current circumstances,

Richmond Shalom Farms

Shalom Farms is a regional food access and community development project of United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond (UMUMR). United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond has a long history of social service work in low-income communities. Founded in 1937 as Bethlehem Wilson Communities, the agency played an integral role in the Fulton and Highland Park communities, providing services to over 1,500 individuals and families per year that included preschool, after-school,

Let There Be Light

By Michael J. Christensen, Pastor Excerpt from my Green Communion Sunday Sermon, June 1, 2014   I love photographing sunsets with my IPhone, and I enjoy feeling God’s presence in a sunrise. I have gazed into the night sky in places in South America where pollution and artificial lights don’t obscure the view of the Milky Way and the starry Field of Dreams. How and when did God make the