Ideas to Give on #Giving Tuesday

  Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, December 2—a day when our contributions to Communities of Shalom will be matched by United Methodist Global Ministries as part of our annual campaign. For one day only, on December 2, 2014 as part of UMC #GivingTuesday, gifts made to Communities of Shalom through UMC Advance #742566 will be matched dollar for dollar. As we approach the season of Advent and the holiday

Take Shalom Online this Fall

Dear Friends of Shalom, Please accept my invitation to take Shalom Online this Fall. Registration is open for the next two weeks for our 24-hr introductory course in asset-based community development, offered through Drew’s partnership with Northwind Institute for 2 continuing education units at a reduced program fee of $49 during the Fall Semester 2014 Though not a replacement for onsite ShalomZone Training™ for new sites and shalom teams, Shalom

Shalom Chapel at Drew 2014

 By Michael Christensen Since 2008, I have selected and supervised over 40 Drew MDIV students who were placed in a Shalom Zone for 6-10 weeks as a summer intern and minister of Shalom.  They have served mostly in the USA but also in Haiti, Malawi, and Northern Ireland. This year’s Shalom Summer interns—Kory Turner and Peg Crilly—shared their stories of shalom work in Memphis and on the Jersey Shore last

Communities of Shalom Upcoming Workshops in Memphis Tennessee

Early Bird Registration Ends August 31! Secure your workshop seats today for Asset Based Community Development and Community (Social) Network Mapping.Below you will find more information about multiple learning opportunities available in September. Introduction to Communities of Shalom Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:00am to 9:30am The Commons (258 N. Merton) Register to attend Have you joined the Shalom efforts in your neighborhood but were not part of the original training? Does

Crowded Course of Destruction

By Rev. Cedrick Bridgeforth, EdD How do we begin to make sense of what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri? I believe that is a question that cannot be answered quickly or easily, but I do believe there are answers to that question and the many others that come to mind and heart as we consider the loss of life, liberty and the exposure of what some might call happiness, but