Shalom Report:– 4th Quarter 2008

In summary: we consolidated the Shalom network based at Drew and resourced Shalom conferences and sites nationally; built a national Shalom team comprised of staff, interns, and consultants; organized regional and conference Shalom trainings; equipped conference coordinators to equip their local Shalom sites; identified and nurtured new national training partner; found new ways to communicate and promote the Shalom brand of community development; produced Fall Nexus newsletter; continued planning process and trajectory work with Duncan

Shabbat Shalom

‘Shabbat Shalom’שבת-שלום “Shabbath”-שבת is the Hebrew word for “Sabbath.” Saturday, “Shalom”-שלום means peace, welfare, health and wholensess. Shalom is also a greeting that means both “hello” and “goodbye,” similar to the Hawaiian “Aloha” and the Indian “Namaste”. Hence, “Shabbath shalom” is a greeting for the sabbath Saturday. Thus the person saying “Shabbat shalom” is wishing you a good and peaceful Sabbath filled with health and wholeness. Communities of Shalom is a multicultural, interfaith network of

Let the Work of Christmas Begin

Howard Thurman was a mystic poet, pastor, theologian, and civil rights leader who founded the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, California. It was the first racially integrated, intercultural church in the United States. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Thurman Here’s one of his poems: The Work of Christmas When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are

Hope Home Orphan Care Report for November

My Friends: I beg you to remember the poor during this season of sharing. We are in the midst of a global recession that affects not only the USA but the world, and especially developing countries. I left my heart, as you know, in Malawi among the one million AIDS orphans and abandoned and vulnerable children and youth who suffer from food shortages and the ravages of AIDS (not just a dip in their retirement

Muslim Feast of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha)

I had never gone to such a feast before, but when Levent invited my family and me to join his Muslim community and interfaith friends to their Feast Day at the end of the holy season of Eid, in commemoration of father Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son (Ishmael), I responded with enthusiasm. Levent Koç, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Interfaith Dialog Center in New Jersey, and his organization has sponsored interfaith events at