Shalom on the Loose in Los Angeles

Greetings from the University of Redlands, CA., where the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is in session; and where Shalom is on the loose!  Jennifer Gutierrez (Conference Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries), Sheri Dunn Berry (Executive Director of Los Angeles Urban Ministry Foundation), Velma Cruiz (Site Director of Pico Union Shalom Ministries) and ten other shalom leaders are here to make the energy of shalom known and

Original Shalomer

Meet Joe Hyun-Seung Yang, onsite during 1992 LA Riots, first to start a Shalom Zone. One of our original ministers of Shalom, Rev. Joe Hyun-Seung Yang,  was onsite during the civil unrest in the Spring of 1992, and is credited as starting the very first shalom zone in Los Angeles.As founder of the Shalom Community Center (first in Koreatown, now in Pomona) providing services to the Los Angeles Korean Community — whose

Local Host Committee Prepares for Shalom Summit 2012

Yesterday, I met with members of the Local Planning and Host Committee of the 20th Anniversary Shalom Summit 2012 here in Los Angeles.  We added a new workshop on “Reducing Childhood Obesity” and “Mapping Community Health Assets.”   We also fine-tuned the plenary program in ways that will attract more youth.  Two of our featured speakers–Rudy Rasmus and Gaius Charles –plan to speak directly to a new generation of shammers!   Please

Origins of Shalom

Origins of Communities of Shalom  By Bishop C. Joseph Sprague on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Shalom Initiative at General Conference There was a certain irony about how I got to General Conference in 1992. As a pastor from West Ohio, I had been elected as a delegate at two prior General Conferences. However, this time Good News and IRD targeted me to not get elected, apparently