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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Oct 14, 2017

Hey Hey Sistas, 

On today's episode I invited Meg Tietz back to the podcast to talk about the Myers-Briggs personality test and how it relates to our shalom practices.  In chapter 14, of "Shalom Sistas" I talk about the four types of friends who helped me get through a major tragedy which had me wondering if some personality types gravitate towards specific practices of Shalom. Well, my friend Meg thinks so and so she came on the show today to teach me how the sixteen types divide up into the four Shalom Sistas:

Sista Shiva

Sista Shock and Awe

Sista Safekeeper

Sista Shackle-Breaker

If you read my post called, "Sistas Squad Up: The Four Friends I Needed When My Son Was Called the N-Word" and loved it then you'll be thrilled at this new resource to help you determine your shalom practices based on the way God made you.


Today's Manifesto Point is:

We are Invited


Today's Sponsor is: Nourish Yourself! I Feel Super Nourished!

Nourish Yourself menus are $5 each and are delivered to your email address within minutes of purchasing.  Just visit and click on the “Nourish Yourself” tab.


Links Mentioned in the Episode

16 Personalities, Myers Briggs Type

Lemonade By Beyonce

Grab your copy of "Shalom Sistas"

Download a copy of the Personality Chart in the Facebook Hangout

Tests, and Types, and Shalom to You, Sistas,


Oct 6, 2017



Hey Sistas!


Today is a COMMUNITY EPISODE!!! Which means you'll hear from all three the co-hosts on one topic AND meet some fellow Sistas who love the podcast. This week my first book, "Shalom Sistas" released and so for the fall season of the podcast, we're going to be going through the Shalom Sistas Manifesto. In this episode, we talk about the first four:


We are Invited

We are Beloved

We are Enough

We will see the Beauty

With Cara: We talk about Belovedness, a messy but welcoming home, and her new role on the podcast. ALL WHILE HOMEGIRL is SICK!  She's getting better now, but y'all her dedication to the podcast is so appreciated!


With Jerusalem: We talk about her wedding, body image, beauty, and savoring everything without shame.  And Ikea. Always Ikea with that one. 


With Abby: We talk about her Hurricane Harvey peacemaking fail then success, how Jared her husband is a saint (BTW I think all of our husband are saints because it's not easy being married to a Shalom Sista), and how we can find our identity a part from our output.


Every conversation was special and I hope you enjoy the episode.

Don't forget to leave a review on iTunes so that other peacemakers can find this podcast.


XOXO and Shalom,



A few of the links mentioned in the episode:

O Magazine

Making Oprah

Cara’s Website

Jerusalem’s Website

Abby’s Website

Shalom Sistas Hangout

Nourish Yourself

Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Grab Your Copy of Shalom Sistas

Order form for your FREE goodies

Sep 26, 2017

Hey Sistas!

Welcome back to the podcast after a long and much needed break over the summer. Today I sit down with you (with a hazelnut americano in hand) to give you a behind the scenes look of the look of the podcast. I'm going to share more about our new name and cover art because. 

This season, is called, "Shalom Sistas!" in celebration of my book release,"Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World" that is available for preorder now on Amazon. 

There's a copy for free up for grabs, so make sure you listen to the episode to find out how to win it. 

We also have some super cool news! Shalom Sistas has a sponsor this season. 


Nourish Yourself menus are $5 each and are delivered to your email address within minutes of purchasing.  Just visit and click on the “Nourish Yourself” tab.

Make sure you follow me on Instagram and comment on to win a copy of the book AND a free copy of the Fall Flavors Menu.


Shalom, Bacon, and Knowing What's For Dinner Tonight,


Aug 21, 2017

Today, I'm checking in with my co-host Jerusalem Greer.  We took the summer off and now we're chatting about her favorite episode from the Hopeful Resistance Series, what her go-to shalom step for celebration and owning our belovedness and why it's super great when your car's radio breaks.

This is the first in a four part mini series of check ins this week. I think we all can agree with the past events in Charlottesville, we all need a good dose of hopeful resistance and so I pray these episodes inspire and encourage you, Sista.




Aug 17, 2017

This week, I'm checking in with my co-host Cara Meredith. We took the summer off and now we're chatting about her favorite episode from the Hopeful Resistance Series, what her go-to shalom step for rest is, and how she uses babysitting as a means of peacemaking. 

This is the first in a four part mini series of check ins this week. I think we all can agree with the past events in Charlottesville, we all need a good dose of hopeful resistance and so I pray these episodes inspire and encourage you, Sista.








Jul 5, 2017

On today’s episode, Osheta and Cara talk to their favorite literary matchmaker, Anne Bogel, the mind behind the What Should I Read Next podcast and  She has a created a fabulous Summer Reading Guide, which is her sixth summer reading guide that she has created.  She tells Osheta and Cara what they should read next for the Shalom Book Club.  




Osheta and co-hosts are going to take the summer off. Starting July 19 through September 1, the podcast will be on break. The podcast will resume in the fall, with “Shalom Sessions” focusing on the Shalom Sistas’ Manifesto.


Want to be on the podcast?

Osheta is going to do a deep dive on the Shalom Sistas' Manifesto this fall and we have an exciting opportunity for you to be a part of the show.  Osheta is going to host conversations with Shalom Sistas around all twelve points of her Shalom Sistas' Manifesto and she would love to talk to YOU about it!  So if you have a question about the Manifesto, this is your opportunity to have Osheta give you curated Shalom Steps for you in your context.  Just complete the following survey and someone from the team will be in contact soon.


Links mentioned in the episode:

Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Read Guide

Shalom Sistas Facebook Hangout!  Come to Camp Shalom Sista!

When Dimple Met Rishi

The Almost Sisters

Osheta’s Episode on “What Should I Read Next”




Jun 24, 2017


On this episode of My Sistas' Keeper, Abby and I discuss how to hopefully resist the spirit of despair when talking about race, specifically on social media. We share our honest, raw emotions about the Philando Castile verdict and the killing of Charleena Lyles. We also discuss Scripture about despair and respond to listener questions about to respond to race-related tragedies and police brutality:

How should Shalom Sistas talk to their children, students, etc., about these events?


What should a Shalom Sista do if her church is silent in the face of injustice?


How can white Shalom Sistas be allies right now?


Is there a way for Shalom Sistas to engage with their local police departments to talk about racial profiling, etc.?


How can Shalom Sistas leverage whatever platform they have (blog, community office, leadership position, ministry, relationships) to shed light on these tragedies and say what needs to be said?


What are you longing to hear spoken or named--what do you think God is longing to hear spoken or named from pulpits?


We mention:


Want more Shalom in your life? Follow Shalom in the City on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @shalominthecity. 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




Jun 2, 2017

Today I sit down with my co-host Jerusalem to talk about FOMO, Benedictine Monastic traditions, learning to love the life you have, and husband who are weary of our BIG ideas.  She just released her second book, “At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises” and it’s amazing.  Take a listen and come on over to the Shalom Sista Facebook page to tell us which of the three Benedictine Vows resonate most with you as you seek shalom in your home!



“At Home in this Life is the story of how everything I thought would make me happy came undone, and how I then found a way to make myself at home in this beautiful, messy, amazingly tender, completely unbalanced life, by imperfectly practicing one spiritual discipline at a time—smack in the middle of raising kids, mending the sweaters and burning the bread.  It’s the story of how I finally realized that the “problem” with my life was not my house, my job, or my marriage, my problem was me. Only a Conversion of life - a Transformation of spirit and heart - would help. So I jumped, with both feet, into an experiment where I tried to follow God’s leading instead of my plan, an experiment that resulted in a lot of fits and false starts, gut-level honesty and true change. Beautiful, messy, chaotic, daily… this is the story of how I learned to make myself at home in my life.”


Shalom Steps:


1: Choose a Benedictine Vow To Work On

2: Create Spaces to Listen

3: Curate Your Life


Check out:

The At Home in this Life Curated Collection - Handmade Items from Peacemaking Women Inspired by At Home in this Life by Jerusalem Jackson Greer

Watering the Ground Beneath Our Feet,





May 26, 2017

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 blogFacebookTwitter anInstagram, and you can connect with Osheta on her blog, "Shalom in the City", Facebook, and you can see Osheta rocking lots of yellow on Instagram.


Links Mentioned in Episode:

Happier Podcast: Choose your Signature Color

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Join us in the Shalom Sista Facebook Hangout for Cara's turkey burger recipe.

Shalom Book Club Survey

Singing Hallelujah Anyway as my practice of Shalom,


May 18, 2017

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

We mention:


Want more Shalom in your life? Follow Shalom in the City on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @shalominthecity.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


May 4, 2017

Hey Sistas!

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.



For resources to links mentioned in the episode, click here: 

*Jerusalem’s Instagram challenge

*Join the Shalom Sistas Hangout on Facebook

*Go see Everything, Everything with a Sista!

*ONE: Unity in a Divided World by Deidra Riggs

*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?”  

*Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

*Read Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott with us in May! 

*Connect with Cara: on her blogFacebookTwitter or Instagram

*Connect with Osheta: Shalom in the City, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Join the Shalom Sista Facebook Hangout

Help a Sista find the show...leave a review for the show on iTunes here.

Happy Reading and Shalom Seeking,





Apr 27, 2017

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

  • Mr. Roger’s did this when he changed from his “work” clothes to his comfy clothes. How do we create body language that is comfy, welcoming, neighborly
  • Remember Nathan’s habit of greeting people by name
  • Shalom in the home - music on, sitting on the couch - no phone or book,

Learning - Going into community to learn about those in the community.

  • Mr. Roger’s always went to into the community to learn about peoples work
  • Frequent small businesses especially ones that might be off your regular radar
  • Ask questions
  • Volunteer
  • Shalom in the Home - teach kids to ask questions instead of making assumptions


Land of Make Believe

  • Mr. Roger’s used the Land of Make Believe to teach understanding
  • Storytelling is so important - read, watch movies, go to plays, listen to music that are outside your norm
  • Do these things with your kids - watch travel shows, children’s books about other cultures, eat in restaurants where you are the minority   



Falling Free by Shanna Martin

Strangers at My Door by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The World According to Mr. Rogers


TV Shows

Blackish, Fresh off the Boat, The Real O’Neals, Speechless

Chef’s Table,


Customer Service Shalom


Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood Sharing Episode


For Kids:

Everybody Cooks Rice


Follow Jerusalem:

You can always visit Jerusalem at

Join the Facebook Hangout Here:


Won't You Be My Shalom-y Neighbor,

Osheta and Jerusalem





Apr 13, 2017

Hey Sistas,

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!

Shalom Steps:


Two Resources to Read:

Read: White Privilege:  Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy Macintosh

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". 

One Person to Follow

Christena Cleveland

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: (note Christena is spelled)

You can follow Christena on Instagram,  Twitter and Facebook

One Thing To Do:

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. 

Want more Shalom in your life?  Follow Shalom in the City on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @shalominthecity.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
Shalom and Cadbury Eggs,


Apr 10, 2017

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

Mar 30, 2017

Hey Sistas,

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.


From Amazon:
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

Mar 23, 2017

Hey Sistas


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

From A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together

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 How to Respect Other Religions)


“How can we begin to show hospitality? Eat together. Pray together. Hold each other’s babies.”

You can always visit Jerusalem at


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. 

Mar 16, 2017



Hey Sistas,


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   



Mar 9, 2017
Hey Sistas,
Join me as I welcome my new co-hosts, Abby Perry, Jerusalem Greer, and returning co-host Cara Meredith to the team as we talk about Hopeful Resistance.  We talk about what is hopeful resistance, what does healthy resistance look like, and what does resistance look like in our lives.  We also have some fun surprises in this episode so come and listen as we kick off this new series!  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    Jerusalem is on Facebook as @JerusalemJacksonGreer, on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @jerusalemgreer and online at  You can find Cara Meredith on Facebook @bemamabecarameredith, on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @caramac54 and online at
Jan 20, 2017
Hey Sistas,

I'm so excited to share this special episode of Shalom in the City because I've been excited to share with you something I've been working on the podcast for FOR MONTHS.  Actually, I've been wanting to provide this for you here on the show since before I started it.  When I dreamed of starting a podcast I knew three things about myself:
One: I'm obsessed with talking about Shalom. So I knew my podcast had to be all shalom all the time. And for those of you just joining the show on this episode, on the show our simple definition of  the Hebraic concept of Shalom, is  God's dream for wholeness, goodness, and yes, even peace for you and I right now, right where we are and every episode I invite a woman on who I think is practicing Shalom in some interesting way to share her story with us, our resident Shalom Sista is what we call her and it's been so much fun to introduce to you my friends and their passion projects.
The second thing I knew about myself as a podcaster is that I love stories. I love to hear stories, learn from people who live differently than I do, and allow those stories to teach me compassion and give me inspiration for how to practice Shalom in my life. I hope that you've experienced a bit of that in the past year of podcast episodes. 
And finally, I knew that I would eventually bring on a panel of regular co-hosts to be our resident experts on different ways we can practice Shalom in our lives.
The reason is I'm not an awesome small talker and while I love interviewing people, sometimes when I hang up with a guest, I have so many more questions and would love to invite them back on to keep talking and that's not always practical. Which is why my book club episodes with Cara are always my favorites, she and I have a fun conversations and we love to laugh with each other. Those episodes feel like a monthly check in with a dear friend. Plus, while I know so much about Shalom and I'm actively practicing it in my life, I know there are women who are better in certain areas that i can learn from them and my service to you through the podcast is to let you learn alongside me.
Which is why, I'm thrilled to announce that starting in March, I am moving away from the purely interview format in order to learn more from three women who I am honored to call my friends. Each one has modeled wholehearted living in a broken world in unique and accessible ways. They're funny and kind, and intentional. But, they're just not three random women who I love, they're three women who have passions for Shalom in three distinct areas.

There are three areas that I have noticed I think about peacemaking and living wholehearedly the most:

1: At home and in my community
2: In tough conversations around racial reconciliation
3: When I consume media, specifically when I read

So, I had to think, if these are the areas I think about the most and where I need to most encouragement and have the most questions, wouldn't make sense to process these areas here on the podcast? I think so, because if I as your regular host and excited every single time I sit down to create an episode for you, I'll have more energy and it'll be a better conversation, one I hope inspires and encourages you.  As I thought about these areas, it became pretty clear to me who I could have fun and helpful conversation with and I'm so excited to introduce them to you.

The next season of the show and maybe longer, I'll be joined by these three amazing women.

1: For Shalom in our Home I'll be talking with Jerusalem Greer, an author, speaker, nest-fluffer, and World Class Pinterest Pinner. Once a month, she and I are going to be talking about what it looks like to live out Shalom in our homes and our communities, thinking about what it means to be wholehearted families, friends, and neighbors. We'll also dig into the ways that intentional spiritual practices and home traditions can produce shalom in our lives and the lives of those around us.  You can find Jerusalem on her site, and that'll be in the show notes. Our hope is that at the end of the hour, you'll feel excited about loving your family and community, you'll try new recipes, you'll think about your rhythms, and you'll live wholeheartedly right in your home.

2: For Books you already know my book club co-host, Cara Meredith, so there's no change there. Cara can always be found on her site, Every month Cara and I will be talking about book through the lens of Shalom, what brokenness is the author address in her book and where do we see wholeness and healing in the book. Our criteria for a book club pick is non-fiction or fiction from woman of color because we know that these women's books often are not picked for book clubs. You can find the book list  and join the conversation in the Shalom Sista hangout and I'll that link in the show notes. We love interacting with you about books and seeing the ways our picks stretch you to learn from authors you may never pick up. 

3: And the last co-host is someone you've met before, Abby Perry. Abby was my guest for our Celebrate Shalom episode and I had always planned to have her come back on share more about the work she does with Be the Bridge, a racial reconciliation ministry lead by Tasha Morrison.  Now, I know you might be asking how does this conversation fit into the show? Well, I deeply believe that we're experiencing racial tension in such profound way in our country. And Abby is uniquely gifted to help me model what does it look to have authentic conversations about race. Every episode we'll talk about our personal experiences with racial reconciliation efforts, discuss news/current events, and break down buzzwords that seem to polarize conversations before they even get started. We'll also be inviting you to submit questions or topics for us to discuss, and oh how I hope you will. This monthly hour exists entirely to be a gift to you, something that does not use its time inside your earbuds to pull you out of your immediate surroundings but to propel you deeper into them. Our prayers is that we will, by God's grace, model a conversation that is defined by charity, truth seeking, active listening listening, and testifying to this fact: Jesus has torn down the wall of hostility, making two groups one (Ephesians 2:14), and we far too often have bricks in our hands, rebuilding barriers when He has called us into open spaces. You can catch up with Abby on her site,

Every week I'll talk to one of these women, but the last week of the month I'll reserve for an interview because I do love to hear new stories and meet new women. 
So that's the first big change, the format. The second you might have picked up already and that's I'm moving to seasons. You might remember from my intro episode that I wanted to make sure I paced myself in producing the show because I'm in this for the long haul. Well, one thing I learned about myself is that I work best in short time frames with a small break in between. So, we're going to start our first season in March go through June take the first week of July off, have a mini-summer season from July-August. Again, take another week off and start back up with a September-December Season.  I know that's a lot, so don't worry. I'll let you know when we're going to take break, just listen to the show and you'll know.

So, since we're moving to seasons, I get to do something that again, I've always wanted to do, dive deep into on big idea over the course of several episodes. Y'all am bursting with excitement about this. Every Season, we're going to have an overarching theme that will guide our conversations. Every episode will address this theme in way, shape or form all the way from the rhythms of peace Jerusalem helps us form to the book Cara picks, we'll keep one theme in mind. 
We'll announce that them in the hangout, the newsletter, and then here on the podcast. In addition to the episodes, we're also providing a syllabus for the podcast that include further reading, the show notes, Shalom steps, which are our practical next steps, and maybe a printable or two. We want to enrich your listening experience so that your practice of Shalom is easier and more joyful. Those are only available through the newsletter so make sure you're signed up for free and that'll be in the show notes as well. 

So are you ready to hear March's theme? If you're in the hangout, you've probably seen the graphic and wondered what it means. Well, our March-June theme is:

It's Hopeful Resistance.

We're going to be exploring what does hope look like through the lens of Shalom and then how do we resist: division, defensiveness, and despair in a world that feels so chaotic and eager for conflict.  I think we're all exhausted from 2016 and wondering how do we as Paul says in the bible, "not grow wearing in doing good". Well, the co-hosts and I think hopeful resistance is a good place to start and we hope you'll join us in March.

Our Book club picks for the first season are:

March: Hopeful Resistance

The Sun is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon)


April: Resisting Division (within Hopeful Resistance)

ONE (Deidra Riggs)


May: Resisting Defensiveness (within Hopeful Resistance)

Hallelujah Anyway (Anne Lamott)


June: Despair (within Hopeful Resistance)

LaRose (Louise Erdrich)

We're also planning a summer series that is going to be so fun, so playful, so full of nostalgia and good times so stay tuned for that too.

Well, that's it, Sistas.  Those are the two changes to Shalom. So what does that mean for this month. Cara and I will be back soon to talk about Oprah's new cook book, what we thought of the stories in it, what recipes worked for us, and if we plan on using as a part of our regular meal planning so subscribe so you don't miss it.

Sistas thank you so much for your love and support of the show and know that you have a cheerleader in me as you seek Shalom in your family, community, city, and world.

Bye and see you next time!
Shalom in your earbuds,
Jan 3, 2017
Hey Sistas,

Today, Cara and I talk about not one but two books as we discuss our Nos and Yeses of 2017. 

Books mentioned in the podcast"
The Wangs vs. the World
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Articles mentioned:
Real Simple "Say Yes to Saying No"

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



Dec 12, 2016

Hey Sistas,

God has been helping me practice Shalom with Body Shame this season and this is what I've learned.


Links mentioned in the show:

Whole Body Pinterest

Friends With Body Instagram Post

Curvy Skinny Denizen Jeans

Gilmore Girls on Pop Culture Happy Hour


Shalom and Shopping and Trying on Outfits in the Family Dressing Room,







Nov 14, 2016

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

Cara is pretty active on Twitter and her website

Osheta is on Instagram (Oshetam), Facebook, and of course the Shalom in the City website.

Shalom and staring racism down,




Oct 30, 2016

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:

Happiness Dare Quiz

Cool Finds Based on the Show:

On Negativity Bias

"Overcoming your Negativity Bias" New York Times article

One Ferguson

"Terrible, Beautiful, Fearless" My reflections after visiting Ferguson

How to Find Jennifer Online





Shalom and Quizzes, and Embracing My Happiness Style,








Oct 19, 2016

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:

Our Not So Engineered Life

Yada Yada Prayer Group


Follow Kacie and Persimmon Prints:


Join the Conversation on Infertility and Shalom in the Hangout


Shalom and Hoodies and Loving Our Sistas Well,



Oct 10, 2016



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.


What We Talk About:
  • Pain
  • Body Image
  • Vulnerability and leadership
  • Appropriate vulnerability
Other Books or Media discussed in the episode:

Carry On Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy Beautiful Life By Glennon

Momastery:  Glennon's amazing website

Promised Links:

All things Cara:

Cara's Site:





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Shalom Sista Hangout


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