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

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

Richmond Shalom Farms

Shalom Farms is a regional food access and community development project of United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond (UMUMR). United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond has a long history of social service work in low-income communities. Founded in 1937 as Bethlehem Wilson Communities, the agency played an integral role in the Fulton and Highland Park communities, providing services to over 1,500 individuals and families per year that included preschool, after-school,