Shalom: what is it?

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What is “shalom” to you?

In his book, Building a People of Power (2005),  Robert C. Linthicum, writes of shalom, “In order to capture the nuance of the Hebrew word [shalom] as it is used in specific contexts, translators have had to use the following English words: weal, welfare, completeness, to cause to be at peace, to make peace, peace offering,  at rest, at ease, secure, safe, to finish well, to prosper, to be whole, to be perfect, to be victorious. In other words, in any given context, shalom can mean any of the above English words…Shalom is the theology of hope of Israel and of the early church, its vision of what the world would some day be”.

Communties of Shalom (www.communitiesofshalom.org) envision completeness and equity in the physical, social, economic, and spiritual spheres: http://www.communitiesofshalom.org/principles.html.

Finally, take a look at Isaiah 65:19-25 for a glimpse of a shalom community in which housing, jobs, health care, mutual support, environment, wealth and peace are inextricably woven ino a fabric of common destiny. Mutuality and shared power (power among) — not power over — are essential.

And so, what is shalom to you?

Dave

Welcome

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Welcome to the Shalom-Makers website.

Take a look around and comment as you are so inclined.

Next week, I will be serving in my role as Program Associate and National Trainer for the Drew University Shalom Initiative at a train the trainer event in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the initiative: www.communitiesofshalom.org.

Also, you may learn more about Asset Based Community Development and the theology of shalom by visiting the Resources section of this website or contacting me.

Shalom to you! 

David Cooper