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Shalom Sistas

Shalom Sistas is a podcast hosted by Osheta Moore—a wifey, writer, entrepreneur, and mom who loves to talk Shalom with her favorite women, her Shalom Sistas. While Shalom is often thought of as another word for peace, it’s actually a deep and wide concept of the world as it should be— whole, flourishing, and vibrant. Being a Shalom Sista is as simple as seeing a need in the world and asking "how can I help?" Every episode, Osheta will introduce a Shalom Sista who asked that very question to share her story and give practical advice that will inspire and encourage women to be wholehearted and seek wholeness in the world right around her. We don’t’ get preachy here, but we do get personal, practical, and at times, a little playful!
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Apr 29, 2016

Hey Sistas,

Cara and I had a blast talking about "Bad Feminist" written by Roxane Gay on the podcast today. 

 

 

 

 

cover_bad_feministA collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”

 

 

 

 

 

Shalom in the City Book Club_ First Edition with Cara Meredith and Osheta Moore

We talk about how Sarah Bessey's book, "Jesus Feminist"  prepped us to read this book from a whole place. We share our favorite essays (yay), and the ones that didn't quite speak to us, (nay...or more accurately.. meh), we touch on the differences between feminism and womanism, and, of course, Cara sings

We give shout outs to the Sistas who shared their thoughts of the book over at the Shalom Sista Hangout. 

Ashley Ford's thoughts were SO SPOT ON!

I love the grace in it. For ourselves and each other. She's unequivocal in her declaration of how necessary the peace-making practice of feminism is, while also holding that it, and she, is no perfect. She won't let that stop her march toward wholeness though. And it's an encouragement not to let it stop us either.

 

You could, of course, extrapolate that idea out to any practice of shalom, which I think is the greater truth here.

It was a fabulous conversation and we hope you love it too!

Don't forget to get your copy of, "Esperanza Rising" for next month's book club from the Shalom Bookstore*. 

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Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico–she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.

 

 

 

 

BTW...Doesn't this cover give you, Beyonce's "Hold Up" vibe from "Lemonade"?

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We hope you pop over to the hangout and share your thoughts on, “Bad Feminist” and if you’re reading, “Esperanza Rising” with Cara and me let us know.

Your thoughts and questions are super important to our conversations.

Join us in the Hangout here

Get your copy of, "Esperanza Rising" here

A Raising a tall glass of Lemonade to you my Shalom Sistas,

Osheta

*Affiliate link...your purchase in the Shalom Book Store will help keep the podcast lights on

 

Apr 21, 2016

My guest on the podcast this week is Kori Williamson.  I learned so much from her.  She’s thoughtful, kind, and you’re going to wanna run out to Lowe's and get a compost bin. You know, tomorrow is Earth Day and I never know what to do!  I know that when we think about Shalom, we think about wholeness in our relationships, in systems, and the Earth itself, but that last part feels so inaccessible to me.  What does recycling and conserving water have to do with wholeness?  And more than that, how can I work it into my life without being all or nothing!  By the end of my conversation with Kori, I not only felt like I could do something to care for the Earth as a practice of Shalom but I felt so much grace for the moments I forget to recycle or my garden is a huge failure.  I'm actually excited about tomorrow I hope you'll listen to today's episode and get excited too. We have a great time talking about creation care, documentaries, and of course, "The Lorax"!

 

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Kori Williamson is passionate about creation care. By day she's a social worker, and when she's not in her garden, she the writer behind, "Steps of Intent".  Kori is about to embark on a new adventure: Urban Homesteading in her city of Indianapolis. Kori is married to her amazing husband Brent for almost 7 years. She's the mama of one sweet little boy, Teddy, and a fur mama to a  house full of rescued pets: 2 cats, 1 dog, 1 bird permanently; and she also foster animals (they used to foster children as well, but are currently taking a break).

I love this article, "Just One Thing"  from Kori on doing just one thing for Earth Day in which she gives a few more Shalom Steps.
 
Which I SO encourage you to check out!
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I hope you love today’s episode and if you do let me know by leaving a review on iTunes. Did ya’ll know “Shalom in the City” made New and Noteworthy last week?  It did! I’m so thrilled.  The more weeks it can stay on the list, the easier it’ll be for fellow shalom sistas to find the show.  So, pop over and leave a review when you get a chance.
 
Shalom and Shopping for A Compost Bin,
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Apr 18, 2016

The first episode of the Shalom in the City's books club episode.  In the book club episode, Cara and I discuss, "The Light of the World", by Elizabeth Alexander.

 

lightoftheworldIn THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband. Channeling her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid price, Alexander tells a love story that is, itself, a story of loss. As she reflects on the beauty of her married life, the trauma resulting from her husband’s death, and the solace found in caring for her two teenage sons, Alexander universalizes a very personal quest for meaning and acceptance in the wake of loss.

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In this episode, we deep dive into the two major themes of the book: death (obs) and identity.  We also laugh, share deep, dark confessions, and Cara breaks out into song.

 

We also answer a question from a listener posted to the Shalom Sistas' Hangout

The passage that stands out most to me is on p.93 about Alexander's parents' response to her husband's death and the quote,

"To be a parent is to be terra firma, to stand, is to be planted in the earth." Having dealt with grief myself as a parent, I've wondered how much I should shelter my kids and how much to share. How do we help them with their own grief without traumatizing them with ours?

Over all we have a great time and can't wait to jump into our next book selection, "Bad Feminist"

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A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue."

 

We hope you pop over to the hangout and share your thoughts on, "The Light of the World" and if you're reading, "Bad Feminist" with Cara and me let us know. Your thoughts and questions are super important to our conversations.

A Bookish Kind of Shalom to you my Sistas,

Osheta

 

Apr 13, 2016

My guest on the podcast this week is Margot Starbuck.  I love Margot so much.  She’s funny and whip-smart and you're going to love my conversation with her about her community, "North Street Neighborhood", a neuro-diverse community built around person with disability. We break down some terms and she gives us the most incredibly Shalom Steps.  You know, I sometimes feel so out of depth when it comes to being a good friend to persons with disabilities.  But by the end of my conversation with Margot, I was so empowered that I rallied my kids to go to the upcoming Special Olympics and..y'all...IT WAS AMAZING!  I hope you take a listen because there's some good stuff for everyone of us in this episode.  Plus, we laugh...a lot!

 

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I've known about Margot for a little bit now because I review books for one of her publishers, Herald Press.

Margot Starbuck is passionate about effective communication. She's the author of seven books and a quiet collaborator on others. She speaks to audiences across the country about living the revolutionary Jesus way in the world today. In 2016 she's sharing about living from the solid place: #livebeloved365
 
Which I SO encourage you to check out!
She's passionate about equipping folks to love our (sometimes unlikely or overlooked) neighbors and that's what we dig into in this episode of "Shalom in the City"
 

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Books/Authors Mentioned in the Episode*

 

*As always, if you use the links to the "Shalom Bookstore" to purchase your books, then a few pennies will be kicked over to me to keep the podcast up and running.

Margot mentioned a fun video of an impromptu concert with her neighbors and friends from Urban Promise in the show.  Here's that video:

I seriously wanna move to Durham, y'all!  Wait...what am I talk about? I love LA, I need to come alongside a Friendship House here and help create shalom through dancing and singing just like this.

I hope you love today's episode and if you do let me know by leaving a reaview on iTunes. Did ya'll know "Shalom in the City" made New and Noteworthy last week?  It did! I'm so thrilled.  The more weeks it can stay on the list, the easier it'll be for fellow shalom sistas to find the show.  So, pop over and leave a review when you get a chance.

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You can learn more about the North Street Neighborhood on their site.  You can find Margot on her site, Margostarbuck.com or follow her on Facebook. 

As always, you can continue the conversation in the Shalom Sistas Hangout.

Shalom in your earbuds, y'all!

 

~Osheta

 

 

 

 

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