ShalomZone Training in the San Francisco Bay Area

Come, learn, and practice the six threads of S-H-A-L-O-M. click here Each Session includes a content unit, workshop skill, and strategic planning process toward creating a Shalom Plan for economic community development in the place where you live, work or worship. Total of six sessions totaling 40 contact hours (3 CEUS) Starting Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9am-4pm Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins, Berkeley, CA 94707 Led by Dr. Michael

What a Wonderful World

Once again, children’s choirs across the globe inspire us to see the world with a new perspective, a perspective of hope. Our friends Playing For Change and Okaidi delight us one more time with a new video song featuring Grandpa Elliott. This is a song of celebration to encourage us to keep working for a better world. Credit: Playing For Change Watch the video “What a Wonderful World.” What a

Ministry With, Not Ministry To

by Lorenza Andrade Smith I was in New York. A woman caught my eye. I was in McDonald’s buying a 99-cent burger so I could use the restroom. This woman, with all her baggage and a cart, comes in, tries to use the bathroom without purchasing anything. The manager says, “No, you can’t use the restroom; you’re not a customer.” And she leaves. As soon as I’m done, I go

Mandela–the Lion King of Qunu

by Dr. Michael Christensen “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”—attributed to Nelson Mandela After 10 days of global attention and national mourning of the death of the 95 year old anti-apartheid revolutionary and first Black President of South Africa, I am still in awe of this royal champion, this Lion-King of a man with mythic dimensions, magical powers, mystical