In episode 35 we're having the Shalom Book Club, where Cara and I discuss Anne Lamott’s latest book, Hallelujah Anyway. We talk about what we mean when we speak or dream of mercy, and we look at differences between Lamott’s definition of mercy and a biblical definition of mercy. Finally, we get REAL with our own stories of mercy, and offer four Shalom Steps to help you rediscover mercy, too. As per the usual, you can connect with Cara on her blog, Facebook, Twitter an
Join us in the Shalom Sista Facebook Hangout for Cara's turkey burger recipe.
Singing Hallelujah Anyway as my practice of Shalom,
On this episode of My Sistas' Keeper, Abby and I discuss how to hopefully resist the spirit of defensiveness when talking about race, specifically on social media. We consider some practical ways to emulate Jesus' posture toward others described in 1 Peter 2:23, "When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly."
We also discuss the terms backfire effect and confirmation bias, and engage listener comments and questions such as how to know when to enter into an online conversation, when to just keep scrolling, and how to encourage offline extensions of online dialogu
The nonprofit organization Abby works for, His Grace Foundation, which serves patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Texas Children’s Hospital: www.hisgracefoundation.org
The Beautiful Creatures book series: http://thenovl.com/
The Backfire Effect as described in a comic strip: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy: http://www.nationalbook.org/
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On today’s book club episode, Cara and Osheta talked about ONE by Deidra Riggs.
They discuss the history of women in the church and the current conflict over the last couple of weeks on Twitter, and they also share our histories of being a woman in the church. They also talk about whether to keep or discard the book, and invite you to join in reading Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott.
*Join the Shalom Sistas Hangout on Facebook
*Go see Everything, Everything with a Sista!
*Explanation of complementarian vs. egalitarian - or choose a third way like Osheta (and, as this article suggests)
*CT Women article, “Who’s in Charge of the Christian Blogosphere?”
*Read Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott with us in May!
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Happy Reading and Shalom Seeking,
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
What Mr. Roger’s can teach us about peacemaking in our communities when we feel divided.
Today we’re going to use neighborliness to practice hopeful resistance in the face of division. Wanna know what that means? It’s a really great episode and I hope you take a listen:
Three Lessons of Neighborliness from Mr. Rogers
Welcoming - Assuming a posture of neighborliness
Learning - Going into community to learn about those in the community.
Land of Make Believe
Blackish, Fresh off the Boat, The Real O’Neals, Speechless
Customer Service Shalom
Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood Sharing Episode
You can always visit Jerusalem at http://jerusalemgreer.com
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Won't You Be My Shalom-y Neighbor,
Osheta and Jerusalem
Join Abby Perry and me for our second episode of My Sista's Keeper: Shalom in the City's Monthly Conversation on Race and Unity. This month we're exploring the idea of hopefully resisting division.
When it comes to racial reconciliation conversations, what words seem to make us aware of division unlike any other? You got it, race/racism/racist. As challenging as those words are to discuss, we think it's worth it to really press in to what they mean in order to have a common, working definition as we go forward. So, on this episode, we're diving deep and getting all kinds of uncomfortable as we look at how race and racism operate in the world today. And we promise you, every word we say and question we ask - it's all in the name of peacemaking.
We'll be honest with you, this episode had us pretty sweaty! We share stories, ask questions, and speak truths that we are confident are necessary for bringing about true Shalom in racial reconciliation. It's a deep one, but we think it's a good, too.
We want to know what you thought about this episode and what this conversation has you thinking about: Come join us on Facebook at the Shalom Sistas’ Hangout and share your thoughts!
Join us for the Shalom Book Club this month as we read Deidra Riggs’ One: Unity in a Divided World. Invite a local friend to join you! Click here for a discounted copy of "One".
Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist, public theologian, author and professor. She is the first Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation at Duke University’s Divinity School and the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart.
Connect with Christena on her site:
christenacleveland.com (note Christena is spelled)
For my White Sistas:
Attend one event this month where people who do not look like you will be. So, maybe visit a black church, go to the library in a predominately black community, visit a black history museum.
For my Black Sistas:
Pick one white friend you have who has shown interest in this conversation and pray for her. Pray that God gives her courage, that he gives you compassion, and that he provides opportunities for you both to talk about your experiences with race.
Today on the show, I'm chatting with Katherine Willis Pershey, pastor, storyteller, raconteuse and one of my new favorite authors. Her book, "Very Married" is my favorite marriage resource... ever!
Today's episode is what happens with two marriage geeks sit down and chat! We talk about living wholeheartedly in our marriage, what happens when one of us get has a crush, what is our responsibility to seek justice for those on the margins who desire whole and healthy marriage, and how we're choosing to befriend the things our husbands do that we don't love as an act of hopeful resistance in our marriage.
It's a really great conversation and I hope you listen.
Links we mention in the episode:
Hot Bean Water
How to Find Katherine Online
Shalom and Untying Knots in my Marriage
Join Cara Meredith and I as we discuss "The Sun is Also a Star" by Nicola Yoon. With our theme of Hopeful Resistance in mind, we talk through some of the tough issues (young love, college admission, and deportation) that Daniel and Natasha face.
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
In this episode Cara and I invite you to a fun night out,ask ourselves how we can tell better stories, have a brief debate on the correct pronunciation of Nicola's name (spoiler alert...we both think we're right)! Speaking of spoilers, this episode is full of spoilers so listen accordingly, Sistas! Also, we read an excerpt from the show, so there's one cussword, so heads up!
Want more Shalom in your life? Follow Shalom in the City on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @shalominthecity. Come join us on Facebook at the Shalom Sistas’ Hangout. You can find me, Osheta Moore on Twitter @osheta, Instagram @oshetam and Pinterest. Cara is on Facebook @bemamabecarameredith, on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest @caramac54 and online at carameredith.com
Join Jerusalem Greer and me for Shalom in the Home, our monthly conversation on peacemaking at home and in our community. We talk about hospitality and the insecurities we have around gathering the people in our lives.
A Recipe for Maundy Thursday: Chicken and Dumplings
Ms. J’s Chicken and Dumplings
This recipe is my answer to the Matzo Ball Soup and the Baked or Roasted Chicken that are often a staple of a modified Seder Supper. Not being Jewish, but being Southern, Chicken and Dumplings seemed like the perfect alternative to these traditional Seder dishes. And as for the recipe title, well, that comes from Sweet Man’s nickname for me, in the southern tradition of Miss Ellie from the TV show Dallas.
This is a large recipe—enough for twelve adults. Note: You can use homemade or store-bought chicken stock, or a combination of both.
For the Broth
Bring 15 cups of chicken stock to a boil.
Add the following to the boiling liquid:
3 carrots, peeled, washed, and diced (optional)
3 celery stalks, washed and thinly sliced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoon of salt
4 pounds of boneless chicken breast (frozen or thawed)
Once the chicken breasts are fully cooked, pull them out, and set them aside to cool.
Reduce broth to simmer and leave simmering while you make the dumplings.
For the Dumplings
Mix together the following ingredients:
6 cups of flour
3 tablespoons of baking powder
3 teaspoons of salt
Next, cut in 1 cup of solid vegetable shortening (use either a pastry cutter, or 2 table knives, or your food processor).
Once the shortening has been cut in well (creating a crumbly texture), begin adding ice cold water, ½ cup at a time, into the mixture. I use about 2¼ cup of ice water (sometimes I use more, sometimes I use less, depending on the humidity in the air).
Your goal is to create a dough that is soft, smooth, and easy to roll out but is not leathery or mushy or grainy. Next, roll your dough out. These dumplings are Southern-style flat dumplings like we make in Arkansas, not the round fluffy “drop” dumplings that are common in the North.
Sista’ Tip: My good friend and baking mentor Lynn taught me this great kitchen tip: When rolling out dough, spread out a smooth kitchen towel on your counter (I prefer the flour sack variety) and cover it with a good dusting of flour. This will be your rolling surface, and after you are done, you can simply fold the towel up and take it outside to shake off the excess.
Roll out the dough, using a slightly floured rolling pin, to between ⅛ and ¼-inch thickness.
Next, using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips about 1 inch wide by 3 inches long.
Finally, bring your stock back to a rolling boil, and tear the cooked chicken breast into bite-size pieces, adding it back to the liquid. Once that is done, begin adding the strips of dumpling dough into the stock. Once all the strips have been added, give the pot a good stir, and cover. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Check every few minutes, stirring gently, until the dumplings are tender and cooked through, about 15–20 minutes.
A Prayer for Maundy Thursday: An old mennonite song makes a wonderful prayer for Maundy Thursday - Sing the Journey
A Printable for Maundy Thursday - Based on the traditional Seder Supper tradition of having four glasses of wine throughout the meal, each representing the four expressions of deliverance promised by God Exodus 6:6-7: "I will bring out," "I will deliver," "I will redeem," and "I will take.” Jerusalem has design a printable that you can give to each dinner guest, or print and deliver to neighbors with a jar of jam or bottle of wine. Frame with a dollar store clipboard or inexpensive frame or matte.
To download and print as many copies as you want, click HERE.
A Quote for Maundy Thursday: (based on Saltproject.org How to Respect Other Religions)
“How can we begin to show hospitality? Eat together. Pray together. Hold each other’s babies.”
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Join Abby Perry and me for our first episode of My Sista's Keeper: Shalom in the City's Monthly Conversation on Race and Unity. We talk about how each of us came to care deeply about issues of race, justice, and reconciliation, and what it is to approach these often awkward, difficult conversations with a spirit Hopeful Resistance.
The My Sista's Keeper episodes exist to help YOU begin to bring about Shalom in your own community by modeling a conversation between a black woman and a white woman talking about race. In this first episode, we make promises to each other that will guide our discussions, ask probing questions, and press deep into some uncomfortable places to see if there's some unity to be found (spoiler: there is).
We also may break out in hives, or at least a sweat, a few times. But it's that good sweat, ya know? Like when you're exercising and it's hard and it hurts but you know that means it's working. We hope you'll benefit from listening to a bit of heavy lifting (and plenty of laughter, too).
Want more Shalom in your life? Follow Shalom in the City on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @shalominthecity. Come join us on Facebook at the Shalom Sistas’ Hangout. You can find me, Osheta Moore on Twitter @osheta, Instagram @oshetam and Pinterest. Abby is on Facebook @AbbyJoyAndersonPerry, on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest @abbyjperry and online at joywovendeep.com.
March: Hopeful Resistance
April: Resisting Division (within Hopeful Resistance)
May: Resisting Defensiveness (within Hopeful Resistance)
June: Despair (within Hopeful Resistance)
Hapelujah, Indeed written by our very own Cara
What are you saying "No" and "Yes" this year that you're hoping will bring you Shalom. Come over and share them in the Hangout:
Shalom and Books,
Osheta and Cara
God has been helping me practice Shalom with Body Shame this season and this is what I've learned.
Links mentioned in the show:
Shalom and Shopping and Trying on Outfits in the Family Dressing Room,
Today, Cara and I talk about the Roadmap to Reconciliation written by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil. We also share our candid responses to the question, "how are you doing?" in light of the election of a man who we both feel like has not modeled a heart or desire for racial justice in this country. It's one of the realest and most honest conversations we've ever had on Shalom. I hope you enjoy it.
Here's our Shalom Steps for Racial Reconciliation
1: Prepare your Heart
2: Prepare your Mind
3: Prepare your Community
Books we love on this topic:
Prophetic Lament (Soong-Chan Rah); Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism (Deborah Jian Lee); Embrace (Leroy Barber); America’s Original Sin (Jim Wallis); The Other Wes Moore (Wes Moore); United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (Trillia J. Newbell)
Where to find us online:
The Shalom Sista Hangout: Perfect place to keep the conversation going
Shalom and staring racism down,
Today on the show, I'm chatting with Jennifer Dukes Lee, story-teller, grace-dweller, wife to a farmer, mama of two and one of my new favorite authors. Today we talk about happiness— the theology of it, the science of it, and the how to embrace it right where we are.
We talk about her new book, "The Happiness Dare" and how true happiness makes space for lamenting. We discuss a quiz she created that has already made me a better mom and we learn about her perfect day in her farm town in Iowa— definitely not a city, but still so much fun! It's a really great conversation and I hope you listen.
Links we mention in the episode:
Cool Finds Based on the Show:
On Negativity Bias
How to Find Jennifer Online
Shalom and Quizzes, and Embracing My Happiness Style,
Today on the show, I'm chatting with Kacie Feeney, one of the owners and designer of Persimmon Prints.
Persimmon Prints is a faith-based business, which produces ethically-made women’s clothing. Persimmon’s mission is to help others FIX their hearts on God, FILL their lives with His word, and FIGHT for those in need.
With a percentage of each purchase, Kacie and her husband, Patrick financially support our The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission (Christian-based orphanage) in Banbasa, India.
We talk about more than beautiful and ethically made clothing, though (which we do!) Kacie share with us about her journey with infertility. After she shares her story, she gives some fantastic guidance on how to love our sistas struggling with infertility and the ways community was a source of joy for her.
There's also a chance at the end of the episode for you to win a "choose joy" hoodie (see I told you we talk about beautiful clothing).
It's a fantastic episode and I can't wait for you to hear it.
Links we mention in the episode:
Follow Kacie and Persimmon Prints:
Join the Conversation on Infertility and Shalom in the Hangout
Shalom and Hoodies and Loving Our Sistas Well,
On the podcast today is the seventh edition of the “Shalom Book Club” where once a month, my friend Cara Meredith joins me to talk about a book. Like I said in the first episode of this series this is partly to solve a very real problem I have- I simply can’t work in a book club in my week here in L.A.. This month we read the “Love Warrior" By Glennon Doyle Melton.
259 pages, 15 chapters + epilogue, prologue
Author: Glennon is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Carry On, Warrior, and Love Warrior. She is also the founder of Momastery, an online community reaching millions of people each week, and creator and president of Together Rising—a non-profit organization that has raised over four million dollars for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, which have revolutionized online giving.
Glennon is a sought-after public speaker and her work has been featured on the TODAY Show, The Talk, OWN, and NPR and in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Glamour, Family Circle, Parents Magazine, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, and in other television and print outlets. Glennon lives in Florida with her family.
Context: LOVE WARRIOR is about infidelity, betrayal and redemption. It’s about how our ideals of femininity and masculinity can make it impossible for a woman and a man to actually know each other. It’s about how to use crisis as a springboard to a truer identity and a better life. It’s about parenting our kids through pain. It’s about friendships that hurt and friendships that heal. It’s about faith that shackles women and faith that liberates women. It’s about how to finally find peace in your own damn skin. It's about shameless sex, God, food, drugs, porn and tenderness—and how the dirt and the divine are so often inseparable.
Momastery: Glennon's amazing website
All things Cara:
Warrioring On and Choosing Subversive Joy in my body, my friendships, and family,
I'm so excited for y'all to meet Carrie Wilson. I learned about Carrie and her ministry to women who have been diagnosed with STDs when I heard her on Jamie Ivey's podcast interview with Jamie Golden. Carries is passionate about create safe spaces for women who struggle with sexual shame in the church, specifically those who have been diagnosed with an STD. She knows that isolation and shame well, not too long ago, Carrie was diagnosed with HSV 2 and if it were not for loving leaders in the church coming alongside her she wouldn't have been able to find joy and purpose even after her rock bottom moment. What's subversive about her joy is that historically, the church has not been a safe and kind place who have sexual pasts but Carrie listens to God's call to change that on her church campus, she created "New" a small group for women in her church to find the joy of authentic and kind community. I just love our conversation and can't wait for you to listen.
Shame in the church
The prayer campaign that started it all
The value of a strong support system.
(this is her personal page, so make sure you message her before friend-ing her)
This month all our episodes will be around the theme "we will choose subversive joy". So this month I have some pretty fabulous shows planned for you:
Oct 3: Carrie Wilson (Joy after hitting rock bottom)
Oct. 7: Shalom Book Club! Cara and I will discuss "Love Warrior"
Oct. 10: Kelly Gordon (Sabbath: enjoying the life you have)
Oct. 17: Kacie Feeny of Persimmon Prints (Joy after infertility) + A GIVEAWAY!
Oct. 21: The Happiness Dare with Jennifer Dukes Lee (giveaway winner announced)
Oct. 24: Katherine Wills Pershey, "Very Married" in difficult times and joyful times.
Oct. 28th: Shalom Book Club! Cara and I will discuss "Roadmap to Reconciliation"
Oct. 31th: GILMORE GIRLS themed show.
Make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss a week of joy on the podcast.
Keep the conversation going over at the Shalom Sistas’ Hangout where Carrie and I will be answering questions or cheering you on as you consider joining a small group or even starting a group.
If you learned something, laughed, or smile during the episode please leave a review in iTunes, it helps other women find the show.
Shalom in your earbuds,
Today's guest is one of my favorite women, Victoria Tiedemann. She and I only know each other from online— we're both Anabaptist women bloggers who love fashion and justice...were were bound to meet and become friends. Victoria is passionate about ending modern day slavery, she's what some call an abolitionist. She tells us about the Justice Network and how she started working with them to educate others about human trafficking and she gives us some VERY SPECIFIC ways we can practice shalom when we shop. You are going to love how practical and fun this episode is.
What we talk about:
Non-consumable ethical & Fair Trade list of goods:
Ethical and Fair Trade chocolate (GREAT for Halloween)
Victoria's blog, "Justice Pirate" is here
Keep the conversation going over at the Shalom Sistas' Hangout where Victoria and I will be answering questions or cheering you on as you practice shalom while you shop.
If you learned something, laughed, or smile during the episode please leave a review in iTunes, it helps other women find the show.
Shalom in your earbuds,
Welcome to the sixth edition of the “Shalom Book Club” where once a month, my friend Cara Meredith joins me to talk about a book. Like I said in the first episode of this series this is partly to solve a very real problem I have- I simply can’t work in a book club in my week here in L.A.. This month we read the “The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love’ by Sarvenaz “Sarv” Tash.
249 pages, 26 chapters
Authors: Sarvenaz “Sarv” Tash was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up on Long Island, New York. She received her BFA in film and television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. That means she got to spend most of college running around making movies (it was a lot of fun). She has dabbled in all sorts of writing, including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting. Sarv currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. New mom!
Context: Graham met his best friend, Roxy, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since. But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever - moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.
When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s NYCC, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillians. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be ...even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.
Cara and I are so excited this book has been sitting our in our to be shipped (or downloaded) queue for months. We both pre-ordered it, pretty much the moment Glennon announced it was ready.
Buy your copy and get ready for a great discussion on Shalom and Marriage next month on the podcast.
Falling in love, Awesomely 80's references, Comic-Con Dreams, and Shalom
On the show today I talking to one of my favorite women, Melanie Dale.
Melanie runs the website, Unexpected where she writes about motherhood, friendships, infertility, adoption, orphan care, and so much more. What I love about her site is it feels like one big hug and then a completely satisfying belly laugh. Melanie is also the author of two books: Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends and It's Not Fair: Learning to Love the Life You Didn't Choose.
We talk about that "It's Not Fair" on the episode since it just released LAST WEEK! Whoo-hoo! Go, Mel!
In fact, I loved this book so much I have an extra copy to give away; directions are in the podcast episode.
On the podcast we talk about the Shalom Sista Manifesto point, "We Will Choose Subversive Joy". She gives is the best advice on motherhood and laughter, she's gives us permission to own our feelings, and she her end of the show quote is spot on!
It was a really great conversation and I hope you'll take a listen.
Practicing the Shalom of Laughter,
Cara and I discuss the book the Knock-off, if we feel old (even though one of us, is a true Millennial), and how to have relationships with women and NOT lose our minds.
Join us for next month's book, "The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love"
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Today I have on Jamie Ivey from the Happy Hour podcast.
I’ve been listening to Jamie’s show several years now and she’s actually a huge inspiration to me so when she said yes to coming onto the show I kinda did a happy dance all across my living room. True story. The reason why and why you’ll find out soon in our conversation today about her work in a prison ministry with Redeemed Ministries is that Jamie is incredibly genuine, intelligent, and passionate. Her desire to make Jesus known and to offer her support to women in need is infectious. You simply want to be better after listening to Jamie. Which is why her podcast is a favorite of mine. Today Jamie share with us sex trafficking opened her eyes to the needs of women in jails, how the book Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson opened her heart to have compassion for people entangled in the justice system, and how Redeemed Ministries is opening doors for her to love and encourage women trying to overcome the hard things in their lives that landed them in jail. It’s a really inspiring conversation and I hope you stick around.
Links mentioned in the episode:
Sign up for the Shalom in the City Newsletter to find the Shalom Steps and next steps if you want to seek wholeness for women who are incarcerated.
Redeemed Ministries is the organization Jamie works with and they exist “To bring Christ’s loving redemption and amazing liberation within our communities by providing environments conducive for holistic healing and guiding adult survivors of domestic sex trafficking to healthy, productive and independent living.”
Books* that helped Jamie form this practice of Shalom:
Jamie's end show quote came from a song by Sara Groves
Next week we have Kelly Gordon from Love Well Blog and the Sorta Awesome podcast to talk about self-care, Sabbath, and shalom.
Shalom in your earbuds,
"There are hundreds of metaphors for God, but the church only uses a few familiar images: creator, judge, savior, father. In Wearing God, Lauren Winner gathers a number of lesser-known tropes, reflecting on how they work biblically and culturally, and reveals how they can deepen our spiritual lives."
Exploring the notion of God as clothing, Winner reflects on how we are “clothed with Christ” or how “God fits us like a garment.”
In this "Shalom Book Club" episode, Cara and I discuss "Wearing God" by Lauren Winner.
Have you ever picked up a book and wanted to love it so much but something keeps you from diving in? Yeah...that's a little how Cara and I felt about "Wearing God" we both love Winner and we both wanted to jump right into the book, but we both had a hard time. Cara read it last year so it was a re-read for her, I started is last summer and couldn't finish it. As we chatted on the podcast, we realized that maybe it wasn't the book, but the season. We both think Lauren F. Winner is the perfect author to read in the cooler months. So we chat a bit about what happens when you're struggling with a book and how to reconcile the voracious reader in you with that sense of obligation that you must finish a book you start.
We also share our favorite essays, and how we're both finding God in the every bit of our lives— adjusting to gluten-free eating and walking around downtown L.A.
It's a really fun conversation and I hope you enjoy it.
Don't forget to join us later this month when we discuss, "The Knockoff"
Shalom in your Earbuds, Y'all!
I’m so thankful for my friend, Alice Colegrove.
For nearly twenty years, Alice has worked on initiatives to help youth and young adults exit homelessness. She has worked on the issue of homelessness at nearly every level including local direct service, city and state policy initiatives, and national academic forums. Locally, she has over fifteen years of direct service experience, including street outreach with homeless youth and young adults in Boston and Cambridge, MA, and she is an active member of the advisory board for the Y2Y youth shelter in Harvard Square.
And today she came on the podcast to tell us her story and teach us about homelessness and what we can do to alleviate the suffering of so many people. This episode was particularly special for me because of the make up of our church, we're so close to Skid Row and oftentimes I feel out of my depth. I know I want to help and I'm moved by the need every time I drive downtown, but I don't know where to being.
Alice really spoke to those concerns and gave me the pep talk I need. If you've been wondering where you fit in to God's story of shalom for those experiencing homelessness, I know this is an episode you'll love.
I’m amazed at her story; as a young girl in D.C. she had a heart for persons experiencing homelessness. I loved her person-centered language in “say this not that” segment and how she encouraged us to learn the names of the homeless we meet.
I was so challenged by that!
Alice empowered us with the Shalom Steps of:
I also appreciated her thoughts on when you first start to volunteer at a homeless shelter that go along with Shalom Step #1:
Instead of thinking about what you're doing, think about but you're seeing and let that guide you on what to do next.
When I’m downtown L.A. I want to have courage and compassion to make eye contact and say hello.
On this Episode We Walk About
What a day in the life of a youth experiencing homelessness looks like.
The answer to the question, “Should I give change to a homeless person”
How she balances motherhood and ministry
The biggest needs and challenges for homeless youth.
It was a really important conversation for me, especially since I've been thinking about this putting together the homeless care packages from last episode with my kiddos, but didn't want to do it just to pat myself on the back, I wanted it to mean something. With Alice's advice to "check my heart" and funnel my desire to help alleviate the suffering of those experiencing homelessness through the lens of Micah 6:8, I feel to energized to seek shalom of homeless youth and young adults.
Shalom in your earbuds, Sistas!