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

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

Shalom Trainers to Gather at CCDA Conference September 24-27

Discount Registration Available Now! By Michael J. Christensen, Director, Communities of Shalom Have you completed the basic ShalomZone TrainingTM or Shalom Online course? Are you already a National or Regional Trainer? Or are you a training facilitator for ABCD through a similar organization to Communities of Shalom? Then this Drew Shalom certification opportunity is for you! Each year, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) national conference draws more than 2,500

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