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Communities of Shalom

Whereas, the Communities of Shalom initiative was created by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church as a response to the Los Angeles riots and subsequent crisis in 1992; and

Whereas, through the power of God, Communities of Shalom empowered spiritual renewal, asset-based community development, systemic change, and healthy communities so that God's shalom was experienced among all people in their neighborhoods; and

Whereas, God, through the prophet Jeremiah, said: "Seek the shalom of the community where I have sent you . . . for in its shalom you will find your shalom" (29:7);

Therefore . . .

We celebrate:

That since 1992 the Shalom Initiative has trained more than 5,000 individuals in over 600 sites; and today operates in 250 communities in the United States and two countries in Africa; and

We give thanks:

To God, by whose Spirit the Communities of Shalom initiative has mobilized thousands of people, leveraged more than 100 million dollars, developed housing and jobs, improved multicultural relationships, built networks to better serve the health and educational needs within communities, and strengthened congregations;

To the people of Los Angeles in whose tragedy and turmoil the Communities of Shalom ministry was forged;

To all Shalom Sites and their annual conference leadership for their commitment to make God's Shalom tangibly evident in their communities, and for their efforts that will continue with the shepherding of the National Partner;

To all the communities in which the Shalom Initiative lives and works, for their willingness to collaborate, their openness to the Spirit of God, and their desire to be models of peace, wholeness, health, prosperity, and harmony to their neighbors.

To the General Board of Global Ministries who has shepherded the Communities of Shalom initiative since its inception, provided invaluable training and resources to annual conferences and individual sites, and who will continue to work with the initiative in its transition to a National Partner;

To all the men and women who have served on the National Shalom Committee to offer counsel, oversight, prayers, encouragement, creative leadership and loving labor;

We applaud and affirm:

The innovative approach to collaborative and sustainable ministry that is modeled by the inclusion of a National Partner under whose leadership the Shalom Initiative will deepen and broaden its impact on congregations and communities in the name of God.

We therefore challenge:

The United Methodist Church to empower new Shalom sites and continue its support of the Communities of Shalom initiative through prayer, through advocacy within and among annual conferences and the general boards and agencies, and through financial gifts to the Communities of Shalom Advance (No. 742566).

revised and readopted 2008
resolution #126, 2004 book of resolutions
resolution #115, 2000 book of resolutions

See Social Principles, ¶ 162R

From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.