The Nine Strong Women of Newark

Nine Strong Women Reach their First Milestone By Dave Kerr Who would think that the Bloods and the Crips could ever be friends? In fact they are and they are working together as part of a new gang called ‘The Council’ to help other gang affiliated individuals return home from prison in a safe way. Two members of The Council, Jessica (Jayda) a Blood gang leader, and the man she loves, Creep, a Crip gang

Oprah Winfrey and Shalom?

Dr. J-P Duncan, one of our national trainers, alerted me to the Oprah Winfrey/Crow Creek Nation connection to Wodakota Shalom Community–our newest shalom site. Oprah’s group “Angel Network” support’s the organization and their work on the Crow Creek Reservation with Tree of Life ministry and Wodakota Shalom, led by site coordinator Peter Lengkee. Peter made a video about the plight of the Crow Creek reservation about a year ago (before the shalomzone training began)

Michelle Obama and Shalom

What is the connection between Michele Obama and Shalom? Well, its indirect. Both Communities of Shalom and the First Lady share the same approach to community development work: ABCD In a recent speech, she refers to Public Allies and the principles and practices developed by John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University as a shaping influence on her view of community building. McKnight and Kretzmann and the

Village Well Project and Shalom

What is the connection between WorldHope Corps, Drew University and Shalom? Photo-journalist turned lawyer, Robert Schwaneberg’s article on WorldHope Corps Village Well project in Malawi is linked to Drew University’s website from HEALTH REFORM WATCH–A Web Log of the Seton Hall University School of Law under the title: “Well Worth the Wait” NGO led by Drew prof. brings clean water to rural Africa WorldHope Corps, Inc. is the NGO I started and volunteer for in

The Speech Heard ‘Round the World’

“Around the world, we can turn dialogue into interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action — whether it is combating malaria in Africa, or providing relief after a natural disaster….If we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward. And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country — you, more than anyone, have the ability to reimagine the world, to remake