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

Communities of Shalom Upcoming Workshops in Memphis Tennessee

Early Bird Registration Ends August 31! Secure your workshop seats today for Asset Based Community Development and Community (Social) Network Mapping.Below you will find more information about multiple learning opportunities available in September. Introduction to Communities of Shalom Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:00am to 9:30am The Commons (258 N. Merton) Register to attend Have you joined the Shalom efforts in your neighborhood but were not part of the original training? Does

Crowded Course of Destruction

By Rev. Cedrick Bridgeforth, EdD How do we begin to make sense of what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri? I believe that is a question that cannot be answered quickly or easily, but I do believe there are answers to that question and the many others that come to mind and heart as we consider the loss of life, liberty and the exposure of what some might call happiness, but

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