Background story on the Macon Shalom Zones

Macon, GA.    The Macon Story of Shalom represents the first time in the history of Communities of Shalom that a local mayor initiated, hosted and facilitated ShalomZone Training in a city. According to The Telegraph, a local paper in Macon, GA, Mayor Robert Reichert in 2009 called together more than 100 community leaders, pastors and residents and prodded them to organize small groups and begin revitalizing their neighborhoods block by block. Reichert’s idea is

What Would Jesus Cut?

“Congress is paralyzed by toxic partisan politics while people suffer. Our elected officials are protecting corporations and wealthy individuals while shredding the safety net for millions of the most vulnerable people in our nation and abroad. Our faith won’t allow us to passively watch this travesty unfold.”–Rev. Michael Livingston, past president of the National Council of the Churches of Christ (USA), arrested today praying and protesting at the US Capital. Washington, DC:  Despite repeated warnings from


Violence on the streets in Mzuzu I received three urgent emails today from our friends in Malawi—Copeland Nkhata, Gabriel Msongale, and Dennis Singini– asking us to pray for them in the political crisis and social unrest at hand in Mzuzu: “…The country is plunging into real gloomy hours,”  writes Rev. Copeland Nkhata, pastor of the Mzuzu United Methodist Church circuit andWorldHope Corps leader in Malawi.  “Yesterday the nation went through anarchy and bloodshed. Mzuzu lost

From SafeZones for ShalomZones in Macon

City of Shalom “Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age–old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”  —Isaiah 58:12 Macon, GA.  Mayor Robert Reichert had a vision for “safe zones” in his city until he heard about how to create “shalom zones” in specific neighborhoods where community leaders are willing to come together and rebuild.   See video clip: “When I heard about Shalom Zones I

“What can I do to help?” By Gaius Charles

Hello friends and supporters of Communities of Shalom and World Hope Corps: My name is Gaius Charles and I am a Master of Divinity student at Drew University where I have had the privilege of studying and working with Dr. Michael Christensen.  Recently I had the opportunity to participate in Dr. Christensen’s Shalom Zone Training in Uganda to support the interfaith work of Drew University’s Communities of Shalom Ministry in Jinja, Sesse and Mbale, in