Giving Tuesday, December 2

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 season, UMC #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to celebrate

Rev. Dr. Javier Viera, New Dean of Drew Theological School and New Convener of National Shalom Committee

By Michael J. Christensen The Dean of the Theological School of Drew University, by governance, is also the convener of the National Shalom Committee and the immediate supervisor of the Director of Communities of Shalom. Since I will be officially retiring at the end of the year, both as a professor and as the director of the Shalom Initiative, I wanted to write this month about the structure of 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