Toxic Charity: A Shalom Reflection

By Kory N. Turner From 2012-2013, I was a volunteer resident advisor with Covenant House’s Rights Of Passage (ROP) Program. ROP is an apartment-style housing facility that prepares youth ages 18-22 for independent living in their own apartments through case management and life skills training. I had one primary (a youth whose case I was in charge of) who struggled to keep food in his refrigerator, but refused to take

Shalom Makers: Enlarging the Circle of Community

By Dave Cooper The Hebrew word for whole-community well-being is “shalom”. While shalom encompasses much more than can be translated into English, shalom is manifested when there is shared power, equity and mutual beneficence among physical, social, economic, political and spiritual systems.Shalom is not simply a transcendent hope; rather, it is a concrete, tangible, proactive, investment of all resources to work in concert for the common good. Shalom-making is not

Drew Interns Seek Shalom in Memphis and Jersey Shore

Kory Turner, a second year seminary student at Drew Theological School, is completing a six-week shalom internship in Memphis with the Center for transforming  Communities. His assignment involves three learning goals and service needs: 1) Participate on a youth leadership team at Rhodes College in their Crossroads to Freedom program as they focus on a community development project in the Highland Heights Shalom Zone; 2) represent and promote Communities of

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,