Communities of Shalom National Summit this week will be video streamed live from Columbia, South Carolina, beginning Thursday morning, October 29, at 9:30am EST (see schedule below).

If the purpose of a National Summit is to bring together representatives from a national network for a time of personal sharing, inspiration, team building and group training, then this year’s National Shalom Summit will fulfill its purpose and more through live webcasting to those who are unable to attend in person.

“When the General Board of Global Ministries offered to podcast the Summit, I was delighted,” said Dr. Christensen. “I knew this was a virtual sign and tangible indication that there was sufficient momentum in the Shalom movement to ‘step up’ to a new level of web technology for this once small grass roots initiative called ‘shalom zones.’ “

All four General Training Sessions plus the two worship services and Shalom Banquet will be video streamed through the online facilities of the General Board of Global Ministries, the mission agency of The United Methodist Church–a partner Communities of Shalom at Drew University and co-sponsor of the National Summit.

These sessions focus on how to ‘step up’ from social services to asset-based community development, and from ministries of mercy to seeking peace with justice. Specific sessions on prophetic leadership and ‘shaloming across borders’ as well as a glimpse of new ShalomZone training units and the use of web technology in developing Shalom’s presence in the world will be webcast on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

Go directly to the GBGM link to view the National Shalom Summit live and free of cost on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-31.

For further information on the National Shalom Summit Podcast, read the GBGM press release: