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

Servant Leadership: Living, Loving, and Learning in Community

Making a difference through radical love and inclusion Author:  Kory N. Turner Kory is a seminary students at Drew Theological Seminary.  He is serving as a Shalom Intern at Center for Transforming Communities this summer. Not too long ago, I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with Floridia Jackson, a Memphis native who has most recently become the Director of the Memphis School of Servant Leadership. Floridia has

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

Using a ‘Shalom approach’ to mitigate HIV/AIDS in Western Uganda

By Julius Kasaija, Regional Shalom Trainer and Director of SARS Uganda Our goal was to increase knowledge and skills among the 2,000 Youth (15-24 Years) and 2,500 adults (25 Years and above) in three sub-counties of Kasambya, Kakindo and Birembo Sub-counties, (12 Parishes) in Kibaale District of Western Uganda in order to reduce the Incidence of HIV by 7 % and mitigate the causes and consequences of AIDS by the