A Most Difficult Concept for Christians

Leading to the joys and fruits of authentic, relational ministry By Amy Moritz, Director of Center for Transforming Communities. One of my favorite resources for Communities of Shalom is the book titled, Building a People of Power by Robert Linthicum. Within the book, Linthicum gives a great introduction to a key concept that churches need to apply if they are serious about working for the common good of their community

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

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