Give a gift that transforms a life

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 giving

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

Uganda Shalom Mission Trip 2014

By Michele Robbins, Pastoral Intern, Epworth Berkeley United Methodist Church Our mission team of 9 persons from Berkeley, CA. is preparing to visit at least two Communities of Shalom in Uganda for two weeks in January.  The purpose of our trip is to nurture international friendship, engage in cultural exchange, and assist two regional Shalom trainers in offering a second round of ShalomZone Training to over 200 Ugandan coffee farmers,

Giving-Tuesday was a Huge Success for Shalom and Other Ministries

Thanks to the generosity of United Methodists around the world, more than 880 projects (including Communities of Shalom) will receive a financial boost to help them meet their mission goals. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries announced that the first-ever UMC #GivingTuesday generated a record $6.5 million online on December 3. Nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts through The Advance to mission and ministries

The LORD is Shalom

Shalom Inspiration: Gideon builds an altar to the LORD and calls it, “The LORD is Shalom.” By Richard Romero Judges 6 Gideon was fearful, but discovered that “God Is Shalom” he therefore built an altar to God with that very name. He had good reason to be afraid.  The Israelites were under severe oppression from the Midianites who invaded their country and destroyed their land. The Israelites hide themselves because