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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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Sep 2, 2019

Hey Sistas,

 

This month, we're practicing back to school shalom with these TEN Shalom Steps. 

Shalom Steps This Month

1; Listen to the “How to Show Up” episode on The Nod 

2: Try out a mediation from The Shine App 

3: Listen to the Shalom in the Home episode with Jerusalem Greerfor tips to make your home cozy

4:  Throw a GIF Party for a friend who is anxious about Back to School

 

5: Start your morning off reading the Lord’s Prayer. 

6: Check out my sermon, “On Earth As It Is In Heaven” for insight as to why the Lord’s Prayer is SO HELPFUL in building our shalom practices

7: Send a getting to know you email to your Child’s teacher, mentor, coach or pastor

8: If you’re feeling generous, buy and print a “getting to know you” form from ETSY. This is my favorite one

 

9:Write back to school Benediction for your kids:  

a: See them

b: Look for good and potential in them

c: Bless them to live into it

d DON’T GIVE UP on your benedictions

 

10: Check out our Spotify playlist for peacemakers this month

Make sure you're in our Facebook hangout where were touching base on our ten shalom steps this month.

 

If you love the podcast, please support it by sharing it with your friends or becoming a Patreon supporter!

https://www.patreon.com/WeAreShalomSistas

 

Love you Sistas,

Osheta

 

 

Apr 5, 2019

Cara and I sit down and talk about being in interracial relationships,. then my husband, T.C. and I offer some advice on how to seek shalom in our marriages when race comes up.

I hope you like the show.

Links from the episode:

Cara's book, "The Color of Life"

Get to know Cara

ESTHER Homes #Shesgoingplace

Patreon shout-out...

Thank you, Jill Hanus. 

Become a Patreon supporter 

With all my love,

Osheta

Mar 18, 2019

Cara and I sit down and talk about being empathic listeners. I hope you like the show.

Links from the episode:

White Ally Toolkit

Cara's book, "The Color of Life"

Get to know Cara

Interracial Couples (married or dating) what questions do you have- T.C. and I will tackle them in next week's episode

Patreon shout-out...

Thank you, Lauren L. 

Become a Patreon supporter 

With all my love,

Osheta

Nov 22, 2018

Hey Sistas,

 

Happy Thanksgiving

 

Here are five things that I'm choosing to help me be a peacemaker today:

 

1: Remember small ordinary acts of peace

2: This Responsive Reading From the African American Heritage Hymnal

 

3: Twain's Feast from Audible

4: Simple Gifts By Yo Yo Ma  and NPR's Time Desk on Yo Yo Ma

 

5: From the Top NPR 

 

Thank you so much Sistas, Patreon Supporters, and Guests.  2018 has been an amazing year!

 

Love,

Osheta

 

Nov 21, 2018

Hey Sistas,

 

Today's guest is Shelley Jones!

 

Shelley Jones is the founder of dignify, an online boutique that sells handmade blankets that are made by women who are survivors of exploitation in Bangladesh. She is a wife, a mom, and a creative who is using what she has to work out shalom in her business, in the way she shops, and in the [online] world.

 

Today we talk about:

How she kinda tumbled into founding a fair trade company

How she loves to connect the stories of the women who shop Dignify to the women who make the blankets

How she LOVES, LOVES, LOVES Father Greg Boyle from Homeboy Industries 

How she uses what she has in her hands right now to be a peacemaker.

 

Shelley gave us a code for free shipping when we visit her site:

https://www.shopdignify.com/pages/about-dignify

Use the code: SHALOM 

through Nov. 26th for free shipping

 

Our Shalom Steps are:

1: Slow Down/ Calm Down

2: Make a List and start small

3: Shop Fair trade for women who cannot afford it for themselves

 

Shelley is a compelling and fun writer. Here are my favorite posts from the "Shop Good" blog.

 

SHOULD I CANCEL NETFLIX? OUR LIFE POST- NETFLIX BREAKUP

https://www.shopdignify.com/blogs/shopgoodblog/should-i-cancel-netflix-our-life-post-netflix-break-up

 

WE DON'T HIRE WOMEN TO MAKE BLANKETS. WE MAKE BLANKETS TO HIRE WOMEN.

https://www.shopdignify.com/blogs/shopgoodblog/we-dont-hire-women-to-make-blankets-we-make-blankets-to-hire-women

 

WHEN THINGS BREAK... SPENDING MONEY ON THINGS THAT ARE SUPER LAME

https://www.shopdignify.com/blogs/shopgoodblog/when-things-break

See you tomorrow with a Thanksgiving Themed Episode!

 

Osheta

 

 

Oct 9, 2018

Today, our favorite little sista and her best friend had a sleepover and they wrote a friendship promise to get through Middle School.

 

Enjoy friends! 

Oct 7, 2018

Today I write about this letter I wrote on Instagram (@oshetam)

 

 

Dear White Peacemakers, ⠀

Let’s sit and have an honest heart-to-heart.⠀

As we are stepping up and resisting the injustices of this world, will you commit to being mindful of one thing: you are opting in to an awareness of justice issues- for many people of color we've lived our whole lives navigating systemic brokenness. Brown and Black lives have been lost seeking this shalom, so approach justice efforts with some humility, please. ⠀

If the words and works of resistance from leaders of color inspire you to speak truth to power- give credit where credit is due because their voice was the first to hold the powers accountable. You are joining in their chorus. Know your part. ⠀


If their art moves you to create flourishing for those in need- learn the choreography of shalom by getting in step with the community from which that art was born- learn from them, listen to them, move with them- you are a student in *their* Master Class.⠀


If you quote a black poet, put some respect on her name by understanding the context in which she wrote those words and don’t just use them to make yourself seem more “woke”. ⠀


Because I say this with so much love and hope for our future together: we can stand united against the brokenness of this world if you, as a white person, acknowledge that the Spirit has been moving in communities of color and you're coming to this work from a place of privilege. ⠀


You can sing songs, quote lines, and share art that was created out of hardship and never share in those peoples’ suffering. Jesus modeled a different way. One that put himself right into the place of pain for those whom he loved. ⠀

Be careful, Friends. I often worry about you. Don't play around with this social justice appropriation. It undermines our partnership, gives footholds for pride, adds salt to ancient wounds.

White Peacemakers, please be on guard. Please don’t use the liberation work of people of color to support your resistance and not give them their due respect.

Please model Christ-like humility when seeking justice and doing good. ⠀

Love, ⠀
Your Black Peacemaking Sista⠀

Oct 7, 2018

Oh y'all... we're finally getting back on track.  Here are the top peacemaking strategies I need for my marriage. 

Oct 4, 2018

Oh Sistas... sometimes I get overwhelmed. You too? Listen to today's episode.

 

 

Oct 3, 2018

Hey Sistas, 

Today I start the episode with a peacemaking strategy because my son missed the bus.

Then, I share our Peacemaker's Pledge from my book trailer. It's the anchor of our series and what I'll refer to often.

 

We are a sisterhood of everyday peacemakers. We believe that shalom is more than an ancient concept. It’s God's dream for the world as it should be: nothing missing, nothing broken, everything made whole. Shalom is the breadth, depth, climate, and culture of the kingdom God. And we seek to live it out in our lives in small, but important ways: - Doing laundry for a single mom - Listening to a hurting child Or spending time with an elderly neighbor We know that peacemaking happens in the ordinary. These everyday practices of peace are brilliant flickers of light that drive away the darkness. We reject the notion that peacemakers are only quiet and gentle, meek and mild. In fact, some of us are quite sassy, and some of us are quirky. While we all love Jesus, some of us snark a little too. We are women without enemies We choose to love when we’ve been hurt and forgive when we’ve been betrayed. In times like these, we will look past the pain in order to see the person. Then we will tell a better story about them. These counter-stories will change the world. We show up for those on the margins. We speak up for the oppressed. We create rest for those whose lives are in chaos. We reject violence in both word and deed. Because we are peace-makers, not simply peace-keepers! We are all broken people, navigating a broken world, so we will be kind. We throw dance parties when we’re afraid. We will choose joy as a weapon against despair. And we own our belovedness instead of striving for perfection. When we look in the mirror we see beauty—our skin, our size, our style— are God-kissed and delightful. We do all this because we belong to each other. This is is what Jesus meant when he said: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”: We are family and shalom is written into our spiritual inheritance. So we will be generous with its riches as we live gently in a violent world. In remembering this sisterhood, we will begin to see God's radical peace invade every ordinary corner of our lives, every single day. So, let us be kingdom women, who tell a story of Shalom: the world can be made whole and love will overflow. Let’s be of champions of kindness, ambassadors of goodness, and heroes with humility. Let us be Shalom Sistas! Join us! Order your copy of "Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World" today!!! bit.ly/ShalomSistasBook
 
Oct 1, 2018

Hey Sistas,

 

Five things:

 

1: I used my husband's computer to upload this podcast episode and I couldn't figure out how to add the music... so this is an unplugged episode... no intro or music. Just me talk about Shalom.

 

2: We're spending the next 31 days seeking shalom on the podcast. It's going to be fun.

 

3: follow me on Instagram at: oshetam

Join the Facebook hangout here

 

4: We're saying "peace out to perfectionism" today... where have you been tempted to be perfect and perfect became the enemy of good.

5: I'm promising to show up, say something, and be still because... I love y'all.

 

~osheta

 

Aug 13, 2018

Hey Sistas!

Today I chat with my friend. Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros. Oh, y’all… I love her so much. Carolina is a Tejana poet, freelance writer, and aspiring author. Her work focuses on Latinidad and faith. Her work can be found in On Being, The Rumpus, The Acentos Review, The Lookout Magazine, Rock & Sling: a journal of witness, and more. 

Today we talk about creativity, being everyday theologians, and how the movie Coco moved us to own our past and love ourselves right now.

Follow Carolina here:

Website: Cisneros Cafe 

Twitter: @CisnerosCafe

Post we talked about, "I am Tejana" 

 

Keep in touch with me:

Instagram: osheta

 

Are you overwhelmed?

I wanna hear your story email me at shalompodcast@gmail.com

Or

Message me on Voxer:

Shalomsistas

 

Also… I wanna know if you’re a member of Bachelor Nation because seriously, y’all… I’m working on a Bachelor project for us.

 

With all my Love,

Osheta

 

Jul 8, 2018

My guest for Shalom Sistas #60 is Marla Taviano. Marla Taviano is the author of From Blushing Bride to Wedded Wife (2006), Is That All He Thinks About? (2007), Changing Your World One Diaper at a Time (2008), Expecting (2009), The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky (2011), Once Upon the Internet (2012), The Wife Life(2013), We Dream of Cambodia (2014), An Unschooling Manifesto (2014), The Storm (2015), and Shipwrecked (2017).

Her biggest passions are loving the poor, seeking justice, and building libraries. Which we talk about on the show today.

Marla and I dive right in and start talking about her family’s decision to move Cambodia, how she’s trying to be intentional in not calling herself a “missionary”, but a “neighbor”, why she started an Instagram account called, “White Girl Learning” , where we shares the books she’s reading written by authors of color.

In the second half of the show Marla flips the tables and asks me some of her burning questions like my decision to start using the female pronoun for God (I talk about the theology of it with my friends Tim and Mariann Reardon in episode 59 of the podcast.)

It was such a lovely conversation and I wish I could have talked to Marla for another hour.

And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends.

For links in today's episode, click here

 

Jun 4, 2018

Today I chat with my friends, Tim and Mariann Reardon, pastors of Pasadena Mennonite about using the female pronoun for God, especially how thinking of God as Mother has healed some past hurts and helped us authentically connect with God.

 

May 22, 2018

On Friday, Trinity and I sat down to share our thoughts about the Royal Wedding. This is a pre-wedding chat. We didn't get a chance to do a post-wedding chat because she's training for a 5K and I just started a new job!  Whoop, whoop. But, if you want, maybe we'll record a quick check in for the Patreon supporters.

 

A few important reminders 

1: We're praying for each other in the Shalom Sistas Hangout and Newsletter. Click the links to join and get your prayer on.  

 

3:  We have a Patreon to help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here.  We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.  

 

Connect with Osheta

Website: shalominthecity.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShalomintheCity/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

T: https://twitter.com/osheta

May 11, 2018

Hey Sistas,

 Here are three things you need to know about today's episode.

 

1: I chat with my friends, Amber Hornsby and Rachel Hanus, co-founders of ESTHER homes, a beautiful transition home for single mamas and pregnant women. Y'all, I joined the board of ESTHER as the president last month and I have to tell you God has been leading me to this moment for YEARS. This episode means so much to me because when was 20, I was a junior in college and found myself in an unplanned pregnancy and if it were not for women like my guest today, I would have had an abortion and quite possibly lost my faith.  

 

2:  We have a Patreonto help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here. 

3:We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.   This week’s thank you gift in Patreon is this cool resource I received from my friend, Shannan Martin who was episode #3. She wrote a four day Mother's Day campaign that you can sign up for for FREE and you'll get an email a day for four day. BUT  If you're a Patreon, you'll get all four days in one PDF called, "A New Way to Mother's Day" in your feed. 

 

Connect with Osheta

Website: shalominthecity.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShalomintheCity/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

T: https://twitter.com/osheta

 

Connect with ESTHER HOMES

Website

Facebook

Instagram
 
Twitter 
 

Loving my Sistas in the Messy Middle,

Osheta

May 4, 2018

Hey Sistas,

 

Here are a few things you need to know about today’s episode:

 

1: I sit down with my friend Amena Brown today to talk about how she's seeking Shalom in herself. We also talk about taking mission trips to Africa as black girls, beauty standards, and I kissed dating goodbye.

 

2: We're doing our shalom step of cleaning toilets for people who annoy us... my bathrooms are SPARKLING people.  

 

3: There's a copy of Amena's book, "How to Fix A Broken Record" up for grabs.  Just find the podcast on Instagram and TAG three friends who you think would love this episode. 

Reminders!

2: We're praying for each other in the Shalom Sistas Hangout and Newsletter. Click the links to join and get your prayer on.  

 

3:  We have a Patreon to help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here.  We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.   This week’s thank you gift in Patreon is my conversation with my daughter on “A Wrinkle in Time” it’ll show up on Monday. 

Links in the episode

http://www.africanewlife.org

Things Bringing Amena Peace

Old School Gospel. Try this playlist on Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/user/snoopdogg/playlist/7HB3mjNzVvXjKeiZfIZbqR

Going on Walks

Check out this post about prayer walking with Jesus

http://biblicalspirituality.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Take-a-Prayer-Walk.pdf

Kamasi Washington: Rhythms Changes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkLz4MyDmuE

Amena’s Podcasts

Here for the donuts podcast

How to Fix a Broken Record

Her

 

Connect with Amena:

Website: http://www.amenabrown.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amenawrites

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/amenabee

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/menabee

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/amenabee

 

Connect with Osheta:

Website: shalominthecity.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShalomintheCity/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

T: https://twitter.com/osheta

 

NEW: Connect with the SHOW

IG: Weareshalomsistas

(I’m *slowly* moving the show images and posting daily about the topic from the show)

 

May the Force of being your WHOLE SELF be with you SISTA!,

Osheta

 

Apr 27, 2018

Three things you need to know about today’s episode:

1: I sit down with my new friend Claire Swinarski, the host of “The Catholic Feminist” to talk about her favorite saints and how they empower her to be a peacemaker.  She shares with us what it means to be both Catholic and a Feminist. 

2: We do a “say this, not that” about common misconceptions about Catholics and Saints.  Then she shares her favorite three: Saint Therese of Liseux, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, and Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

3: Then we end the show with what is giving us peace right now.

Books we discussed in today’s episode

Between the Savior and the Sea

My Sisters the Saints

My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live

Saint Terese of Liseux: the story of a soul

 

A few important reminders 

1: We're praying for each other in the Shalom Sistas Hangout and Newsletter. Click the links to join and get your prayer on.  

 

2:  We have a Patreon to help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here.  We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.   This week’s thank you gift in Patreon is my conversation with my daughter on “A Wrinkle in Time” it’ll show up on Monday. 

 

Connect with Osheta

Website: shalominthecity.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShalomintheCity/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

T: https://twitter.com/osheta

 

NEW: Connect with the SHOW

IG: Weareshalomsistas

(I’m moving the show images and posting daily about the topic from the show, here.)

You’re a Saint my Peacemaking Sista,

Osheta

Apr 20, 2018

Hey Sistas,

 

Here are three things you need to know about today's episode.

 

1: I answer questions from the “Shalom Sistas” community today:

  • Share about supper club?
  • What do you say to women who are forced to see and interact with their abuser or their rapist during church? What do you tell a woman who has to walk up to the alter next to a man who would rape her or who beat her because they share a child in common and our current legal system and family court is so incredibly broken that they refuse to protect her? I want to know, because no one will give me an answer. 
  •  How do we respond when looking back at great tragedies that were stopped by war, such as the Holocaust? Can you share some scripture that calls for nonviolence?
  • Do I still like the snow?
  • What do you mean when you say you are an Anabaptist?

2: We're praying for each other in the Shalom Sistas Hangout and Newsletter. Click the links to join and get your prayer on.  

3:  We have a Patreon to help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here.  We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.   

Connect with Osheta

Website: shalominthecity.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShalomintheCity/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

T: https://twitter.com/osheta

 

Seeking Shalom for a BUSY Weekend, 

Osheta

 

 

Apr 16, 2018

Here are three things you need to know about today's episode.

 

1: Today, my daughter Trinity and I join you for the first episode and snow day edition of Little Sistas.

 

2: We're praying for each other in the Shalom Sistas Hangout and Newsletter. Click the links to join and get your prayer on.

 

3: We've decided Oprah's make up is always on point, we wanna root for the underdogs, and snow days are for baking.   

 

 Two Important Reminders:

1:  We have a Patreon to help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here.  We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.   This week’s thank you gift in Patreon is my conversation with my daughter on “A Wrinkle in Time” it’ll show up later on today.  

2: Sharing the podcast AND leaving a five-star review are the BESY ways to support the show. Plus, it helps our peacemaking tribe grow.  

Here’s the quick step by step for leaving an iTunes review:

  • How to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad • Launch Apple's Podcast app.
  • Tap the Search tab.
  • Enter “Shalom Sistas”.
  • Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right.
  • Tap the album art for the podcast.
  • Tap the Reviews tab.
  • Tap Write a Review at the bottom.
  • Enter your iTunes password to login.
  • Tap the Stars to leave a rating.
  • Enter title text and content to leave a review.

•Tap Send. 

Connect with Osheta

Website: shalominthecity.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShalomintheCity/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

T: https://twitter.com/osheta

 

Enjoying my snow day with Trinity,

 

Osheta

Apr 13, 2018

Here are three things you need to know about today's episode.

 1: My guest today is Abby Norman and we have a much needed conversation on peacemaking and mass shootings in our public schools. Abby is Abby Norman is the mother two girls and the former teacher of over 1000 teenagers. A current seminarian and preacher at New Hope United Methodist, the most instagramable church in the world, she thinks a lot about the stories we tell. She is the author of Consent Based Parenting, and a book being shopped about inner city teaching. Find all of her words at abbynorman.net

 

2: We're praying for each other in the Shalom Sistas Hangout and Newsletter. Click the links to join and get your prayer on.

 

3: Abby gives us FULL PERMISSION to stop following every shooting when it happens. 

One Important Reminders:

 

2:  We have a Patreon to help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here.  We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.   This week’s thank you gift in Patreon is my conversation with my daughter on “A Wrinkle in Time” it’ll show up on Monday.  

Connect with Me at 

Website: shalominthecity.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShalomintheCity/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

T: https://twitter.com/osheta

 

I’m Rooting for You, Sistas!

 

Osheta

Apr 6, 2018

Hey Sistas,

 

 

Here are three things you need to know about today's episode.

 

1: Jerusalem Greer and I have a much needed conversation on the difference between routines to get stuff done and rhythms that give us life.  We used Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG)  as our guide:

 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” 

 

 

2: We're praying for each other in the Shalom Sistas Hangout and Newsletter. Click the links to join and get your prayer on.

 

3: We have five questions we consider to create shalom in our schedules:

Is this a stress-inducing routine or a life-giving rhythm?

What will bring me into a resting heartbeat? 

What will bring wholeness? 

Does this rhythm reflect who God made me to be or who I think I should be? 

If someone tries to challenge the decisions I make to support my rhythm, can I advocate for it 

If someone tries to challenge the decisions I make to support my rhythm, can I advocate for it 

 

 

 

Two Important Reminders:

 

1: We’re going weekly now, so make sure to leave your five star reviews so people can find the podcast every week. My favorite five star review came from Emmalouie21 :

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Here’s the quick step by step for leaving an iTunes review:

 

  • How to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad • Launch Apple's Podcast app.
  • Tap the Search tab.
  • Enter “Shalom Sistas”.
  • Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right.
  • Tap the album art for the podcast.
  • Tap the Reviews tab.
  • Tap Write a Review at the bottom.
  • Enter your iTunes password to login.
  • Tap the Stars to leave a rating.
  • Enter title text and content to leave a review.

•Tap Send. 

 

2:  We have a Patreon to help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here.  We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.   This week’s thank you gift in Patreon is my conversation with my daughter on “A Wrinkle in Time” it’ll show up on Monday. 

 

Connect with Jerusalem:

Link to my favorite post on rhythms that Jerusalem wrote “You are a Delight” 

 

Website: http://jerusalemgreer.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/JerusalemJacksonGreer/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/jerusalemgreer/

T: https://twitter.com/JerusalemGreer

 

 

 

Connect with Osheta

Website: shalominthecity.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShalomintheCity/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

T: https://twitter.com/osheta

 

 And for some fun: Come check out Jack the Nudger and Charlie Brown, the pygmy goats in the Facebook Hangout.

 

Learning the unforced rhythms of grace everyday, Sistas!

 

Osheta

Mar 30, 2018

 Hey Sistas,

 

For those of you who observe, may you have a blessed Good Friday.

Here's a song that is giving me so much to consider about Jesus' death and life today:

"Wounded Healer" by Audrey Assad

https://youtu.be/Ejrg3zXOW-k

 

Here are three things you need to know about today's episode.

 

1: Cara Meredith and I sat down to talk about “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’engle.  We cover everything from our reading experiences as children, what Christian themes we had hoped to see in the movie, and why positive representation matters as we’re raising bi-racial children.  

 

2: We're praying for each other in the Shalom Sistas Hangout and Newsletter. Click the links to join and get your prayer on.

 

3: Cara suggests this book and it is LOVELY:

Good Morning, Superman

 

Two Important Reminders:

 

1: We’re going weekly now, so make sure to leave your five star reviews so people can find the podcast every week. My favorite five star review came from Emmalouie21 :

Here’s the quick step by step for leaving an iTunes review:

 

How to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad

  • Launch Apple's Podcast app.
  • Tap the Search tab.
  • Enter “Shalom Sistas”.
  • Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right.
  • Tap the album art for the podcast.
  • Tap the Reviews tab.
  • Tap Write a Review at the bottom.
  • Enter your iTunes password to login.
  • Tap the Stars to leave a rating.
  • Enter title text and content to leave a review.
  • Tap Send.

 

2:  We have a Patreon to help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here.  We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.   This week’s thank you gift in Patreon is my conversation with my daughter on “A Wrinkle in Time” it’ll show up on Monday. 

 

Connect with Cara:

Website: www.carameredith.com

FB: www.facebook.com/carameredithwrites

IG: www.instagram.com/carameredithwrites

T: www.twitter.com/caramac54

Post on Being an inclusion rider: http://carameredith.com/2018/03/12/want-inclusion-rider/

Link to Cara’s sermon: http://www.saintandrewsseattle.org/podcast/light-in-the-midst-of-darkness/)

 

Connect with Osheta

Website: shalominthecity.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShalomintheCity/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

T: https://twitter.com/osheta

Link to Osheta’s sermon on being a peculiar person:  https://www.facebook.com/rootscov/videos/857005707793406/

 

Represent for Shalom SIstas!

 

Osheta

Mar 23, 2018

 Hey Sistas,

 

Today, I share all the things she's most excited about the return of the podcast for season 3.

 

Here are three things you need to know about today's episode.

 

1: I met with the Tuesday morning women’s small group at Slate Hill Mennonite church and we talked about my book “Shalom Sistas”. They were drinking my lemonade recipe during the call, which made my day. 

 

2: We're praying for each other in the Shalom Sistas Hangout and Newsletter. Click the links to join and get your prayer on.

 

3: The sound quality is a bit spotty here and there because we were talking over Skype and the phone, but it was still a wonderful conversation. We touch on everything from how to choose which manifesto point to work on, what to do about church conflict, what is our Anabaptist life hacks, and how to intervene when we see conflict out in public. 

 

Two Important Reminders:

1: We’re going weekly now, so make sure to leave your five star reviews so people can find the podcast every week. My favorite five star review came from jordynreads:

 

 

Here’s the quick step by step for leaving an iTunes review:

 

How to leave an iTunes rating or review for a podcast from your iPhone or iPad

  • Launch Apple's Podcast app.
  • Tap the Search tab.
  • Enter “Shalom Sistas”.
  • Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right.
  • Tap the album art for the podcast.
  • Tap the Reviews tab.
  • Tap Write a Review at the bottom.
  • Enter your iTunes password to login.
  • Tap the Stars to leave a rating.
  • Enter title text and content to leave a review.
  • Tap Send.

 

2:  We have a Patreon to help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here.  We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.  

 

Shalom in the head wobbles,

via GIPHY

Osheta

 

Mar 22, 2018

 

Hey Sistas,

 

Today, I share all the things she's most excited about the return of the podcast for season 3.

 

Here are three things you need to know about today's episode.

 

1: We have new music to match our new direction in season 3. It's called "Girl Power" and it. Is. GLORIOUS! 

 

2: We're praying for each other in the Shalom Sistas Hangout and Newsletter. Click the links to join and get your prayer on.

 

3: I get vulnerable about my heartbreak in Los Angeles and how it affected my eating, faith, and identity.  

 

Two Important Reminders:

1: Our beautiful co-hosts: Abby, Jerusalem, and Cara are moving to "Friend of the Show" roles. They'll be showing up every once in a while, but not in an official co-host role. Thank you, Ladies for helping me hopefully resist.

 

2:  We have a Patreon to help pay for an editor and make sure episodes are released once a week.  The only way I can serve you here on the podcast is by delegating the editing/tech to someone else. Please consider supporting the podcast here.  We need $100 more to start a contract with an editor.  

Shalom and New Beginnings,

 

Osheta

 

 

 

 

Jan 29, 2018

Sistas!  

Listen: don’t feel overwhelmed by keeping your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier in 2018, let our resident Shalom Sista: Christine Brandt encourage you.

Christine Brandt is a certified health coach and the owner of Nourished!  She lives in LA with her husband and when she's not watching Scandal, reading Harry Potter, or hanging out at the dog park, she's loving on her clients.  She spends most of her time cooking for local clients, but is starting a new journey into the world of podcasting! 

Today we talk about three small changes in our lifestyle diets that to make our favorite comfort foods more nourishing for our bodies. We talk about having a healthy theology of food, offering grace to ourselves, and indulging in moderation.

Recipes shared in episode

Make sure you check out Christine's podcast, "We Feel Super Nourished" today. The sneak peek to the pilot is in today's episode.

 

Shalom Steps:

1: Give it (at least) 30 Days

2: Remember you are MORE than what you eat

3: Make Nehemiah 8:10 your mantra

“Go and enjoy good food because today is a holy day to the Lord”

 

You can find Osheta on Facebook or Instagram

 

Visit Shalom in the City on this and every episode. And don’t forget to find us in the Shalom Sistas Hangout on Facebook or @weareshalomsistas on Instagram!

Dec 4, 2017

Today’s episode was sponsored by Nourish Yourself who has a REALLY Fun Giveaway for the Shalom Sistas.

Christine Brandt over at Nourished! is excited to host a fun giveaway contest that will also serve as a gift idea this season!  You've heard about the delicious and nutritious Nourish Yourself menus available for sale on her website throughout this season of the podcast...well, for a couple short weeks, every sista who purchases a menu will be entered in the Nourish Yourself Giveaway contest!  Here's the prize (perfect for the winner to either keep for herself or give away as a gift):
 
A gift basket including a Nourish Yourself menu printout of your choice, some of the staple pantry ingredients for that menu, and a $100 grocery store gift card, mailed to you in time for Christmas!
 
This contest is open for United States residents only for mailing efficiency (sorry, international sistas!) and here's how you enter:
-Purchase a menu anytime between today and December 8th. Just visit ifeelsupernourished.com.
 
-Before completing your purchase, write "I'm a Shalom Sista!" in the Note To Seller box (just above the Complete Order button).
-That's it!  The winner will be randomly selected and announced via email on Dec. 1
 
The contest is officially open today, just in time for the launch of the new holiday menu, Season's Eatings!  Best of luck and even if you don't win, what a fun gift idea to print out one of these beautiful menus and gift it to a sweet friend along with some pantry staples. 
 
 

Today for “Beauty” week I have on our favorite Shalom in the Home Sista: Jerusalem Greer

She tells us her top five tips for creating beauty in our homes and the sacred practice of owning our style. 

We also talk about these two gorgeous inspiration boards for our new home in St. Paul.

 

 

It's a great episode and I can't wait to hear what you think:

Join the Shalom Sistas Facebook Group or follow the show on Instagram.

Shalom and Creating Beauty all around me,

 

Osheta

Nov 24, 2017

Today’s episode was sponsored by Nourish Yourself who has a REALLY Fun Giveaway for the Shalom Sistas

Christine Brandt over at Nourished! is excited to host a fun giveaway contest that will also serve as a gift idea this season!  You've heard about the delicious and nutritious Nourish Yourself menus available for sale on her website throughout this season of the podcast...well, for a couple short weeks, every sista who purchases a menu will be entered in the Nourish Yourself Giveaway contest!  Here's the prize (perfect for the winner to either keep for herself or give away as a gift):
 
A gift basket including a Nourish Yourself menu printout of your choice, some of the staple pantry ingredients for that menu, and a $100 grocery store gift card, mailed to you in time for Christmas!
 
This contest is open for United States residents only for mailing efficiency (sorry, international sistas!) and here's how you enter:
-Purchase a menu anytime between today and December 8th. Just visit ifeelsupernourished.com.
 
-Before completing your purchase, write "I'm a Shalom Sista!" in the Note To Seller box (just above the Complete Order button).
-That's it!  The winner will be randomly selected and announced via email on Dec. 1
 
The contest is officially open today, just in time for the launch of the new holiday menu, Season's Eatings!  Best of luck and even if you don't win, what a fun gift idea to print out one of these beautiful menus and gift it to a sweet friend along with some pantry staples. 

 

Today for “Enough” week I have on our favorite Justice Pirate: Victoria Tiedemann.

She tells us how she becomes a "Simple Minimalist" and how rejecting the allure of more, more, more has helped her live into our manifesto point: We are enough!

She also answers a question from a listener on seeking shalom through simplicity this holiday season:

After my pastor's sermon on Sunday on "Enough" and years of reading books of people who stopped buying things for a set time, I'm seriously flirting/committing myself to limiting purchases in the next year to experiences and necessities."

Victoria has me thinking that this holiday season I want to create experience gifts AND really fill my home with things I both use and LOVE.

It's a great episode and I can't wait to hear what you think:

Join the Shalom Sistas Facebook Group or follow the show on Instagram.

Shalom and Purging for the Kingdom,

 

Osheta

 

 

 

Nov 9, 2017

Hey Sistas,

 

Thanks to my amazing publisher, today I'm reading the first chapter of "Shalom Sistas" for you.  So sit back, relax...wait! Who am I kidding? You're probably getting stuff done while you listen to podcasts, so I hope this chapter of the books makes you laughs, think, and make you feel like you're just chatting with a good friend while you work.

Have you grabbed you copy of Shalom Sistas yet?  Yesterday, it was shared as one of Sarah Bessey's favorite non-fiction book— yay! I'm so honored but more than that, I'm grateful for this amazing tribe of peacemakers who are reading and responding to the book.

Also, today I'm coming at you from a hotel room in Denver Colorado. Oh my goodness y'all, I'm in a room all by myself and it. Is. Magical.

 

Today’s episode was sponsored by Nourish Yourself

 

Nourish Yourself menus are $5 each and are delivered to your email address within minutes of purchasing.  

Just visit ifeelsupernourished.com and click on the “Nourish Yourself” tab.

Wanna be a Shalom Sistas Insider?  

 

To Apply:

Email me at Oshetasshalom@gmail.com and tell me three ideas for an upcoming show, where you live, a little about your life, and what is your favorite Shalom Sistas episode?

Oct 21, 2017

Today’s episode was sponsored by Nourish Yourself

 

Nourish Yourself menus are $5 each and are delivered to your email address within minutes of purchasing.  

Just visit ifeelsupernourished.com and click on the “Nourish Yourself” tab.

 

 

Today for “Beloved” week I brought in my beloved husband, T.C. We answer lots of questions from y’all on family dynamics, non-violence and Halloween, pastoral care, and so much more. TC is the wisest person I know so I am SO CONFIDENT that y’all will love this conversation and take away a few shalom steps. Like I say in “Shalom Sistas” we’re just two nerds who fell in love with each other.

Links mentioned in the show:

Just Sitting In Our Belovedness Episode

Cara’s thoughts on Belovedness as a peacemaking fail then success

Black Panther

Queen Sugar

The Good Place

“The Most Lovable Thing About Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type“

 

Sarah Quesada’s episode #14  on Shalom and Immigration

Alice Colegrove’s episode #16 on Seeking Shalom for our Friends experiencing homelessness

Wanna be a Shalom Sistas Insider?  

 

To Apply:

Email me at Oshetasshalom@gmail.com and tell me three ideas for an upcoming show, where you live, a little about your life, and what is your favorite Shalom Sistas episode?

Come see me on October 22 in Pasadena, CA. I'm preaching at Pasadena Mennonite

 

Join the Shalom Sistas Facebook Group or follow the show on Instagram.

 

Have you bought your copy of Shalom Sistas, yet?

 

Shalom and Sweet Husbands,

Osheta



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 ifeelsupernourished.com 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,

O

 

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 ifeelsupernourished.com 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,

Osheta

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.

 

Love,

O

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.

 

Love,

O

 

 

 

 

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 Modernmrsdarcy.com.  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.  

 

 

Reminder!

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.

https://goo.gl/forms/P0eibR3rDhTaOGQX2

 

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”

 

 

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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 joywovendeep.com.

 

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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,

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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 joywovendeep.com.

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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,

Osheta

 

 

 

 
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   

 

Resources:

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

http://theartofsimple.net/customer-service-shalom/

 

Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood Sharing Episode

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOS5pcStP0E

 

For Kids:

Everybody Cooks Rice

 

Follow Jerusalem:

You can always visit Jerusalem at http://jerusalemgreer.com

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:

christenacleveland.com (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 joywovendeep.com.
 
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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

Website

Facebook

Twitter

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 carameredith.com
 
 

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 Saltproject.org 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  http://jerusalemgreer.com

 

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 joywovendeep.com.   

 

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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 joywovendeep.com.    Jerusalem is on Facebook as @JerusalemJacksonGreer, on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @jerusalemgreer and online at jerusalemgreer.com.  You can find Cara Meredith on Facebook @bemamabecarameredith, on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @caramac54 and online at carameredith.com.
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, JerusalemGreer.com 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, Carameredith.com. 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, JoyWovenDeep.com

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,
Osheta
 
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:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/960443290670157/

 

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,

Osheta

 

 

 

 

 

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,

Osheta

 

 

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

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Shalom and Quizzes, and Embracing My Happiness Style,

Osheta

 

 

 

 

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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:

Instagram

Join the Conversation on Infertility and Shalom in the Hangout

 

Shalom and Hoodies and Loving Our Sistas Well,

Osheta

 

Oct 10, 2016

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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.

 

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Stats:

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:

www.carameredith.com

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Connect with Osheta:

Shalom Sista Hangout

Facebook

Sign up for the Newsletter

 

Warrioring On and Choosing Subversive Joy in my body, my friendships, and family,

Osheta

Oct 4, 2016

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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.

What we talk about:

Shame in the church

The prayer campaign that started it all

The value of a strong support system.

Go say "hey" to Carrie online

on Facebook

(this is her personal page, so make sure you message her before friend-ing her)

on Instagram

Podcast News:

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,

Osheta

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Sep 12, 2016

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:

  • The Justice Network
  • How Target is actually a GREAT PLACE to shop...Glory be Lord.
  • Resource Lists for Shopping Ethically:

Non-consumable ethical & Fair Trade list of goods:

https://justice-network.org/resources/fairtrade/


Ethical and Fair Trade chocolate (GREAT for Halloween)

https://justice-network.org/resources/chocolate-companies/

  • How her Anabaptist convictions encourage to love and humanize everyone caught in the system of modern day slavery— even the traffickers themselves.
  • Her perfect day in Summit, New Jersey

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,

Osheta

 

 

 

 

Aug 31, 2016

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.

Stats:

 

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.

Other Books or Media discussed in the episode:

Paper Towns by John Green

He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

Princess Bride— the best motion picture ever...well in my biased opinion ;)

16 Candles— errr...this is awkward...I do love me some 80's teen romances. Jake Ryan, Birthday cake and candles, anyone?

 

Next Month We're Reading...

 

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

Osheta

 

Aug 22, 2016

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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.

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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,

Osheta

 

Jul 29, 2016

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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Jul 18, 2016

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. 

http://eepurl.com/bLBUqz

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.”

http://redeemedministries.com/

Books* that helped Jamie form this practice of Shalom:

"Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale: A Memoir" by Rachel Lloyd

Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

*affiliate links

Jamie's end show quote came from a song by Sara Groves

"I Saw What I Saw"

Next week we have Kelly Gordon from Love Well Blog and the Sorta Awesome podcast to talk about self-care, Sabbath, and shalom. 

Until then...

 

Shalom in your earbuds,

 

Osheta

 

 

Jul 9, 2016

 

 

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From Amazon:

"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"

The Knockoff: A Novel

 

Shalom in your Earbuds, Y'all!

 

~Osheta

 

Jun 24, 2016

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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:

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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.

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~Osheta

 

 

Jun 13, 2016

My guest on the podcast this week is Rachel Hollis. Rachel Hollis the brilliant founder of the Chic Site, head of the #chictribe and one of the most authentic women I've ever met.

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I've followed her site for almost a year now and I can tell y'all that every single time I read a post or watched a #RachTalk I thought, 'This woman is practicing Shalom in such a profound and important way' so I knew eventually I'd invite her to come onto the show. Then last Christmas, I attended a holiday party with a purpose at the Chic Site's headquarters just minutes from my house and I KNEW I needed to have her come teach us how to #PartywithPurpose and how she practices shalom in her everyday life. It was an incredible conversation.

We talk about everything from her upbringing as a PK  (pastor's kid) and how that inspired her to see the sacred in gathering people together.  She share with us the how the ChicShows Up Christmas Event came to be— which I have to say, y'all was a highlight of our first Christmas in L.A.

 

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What I loved most about the event was that is was crazy festive, (I got my Mariah Carey "All I want for Christmas" sing on, for sure), but it was SHALOM IN ACTION.  All of us worked to create a Christmas care package for families transitioning from homeless into their new homes.

CRAFTS for the babies.  Rachel thoughtfully planned these packages to love on every single person in the family.  What an amazing Shalom Sista!

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I was working at the pumpkin pie mason jars station.  I smelled amazing at the end of the event! 

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Pier One partner with the Chic Site by providing cute aprons for the care packages. 

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Even Rachel's family showed up to party with a purpose. 

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Here's Rachel's Shalom Steps to help us ease into gathering and loving people with a purpose. 

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On the episode we talk about:

How Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker that changed her life

Her favorite coffee shop is Priscilla's in Burbank, which since we tape the show (back in March) I've visited at least once as week, y'all.  I have a problem :).

She's involved in Door of Hope, a faith-based organization in Los Angeles whose mission is to equip homeless families and rebuild their lives. 

and her book series, "The Girls" was a spark of joy and Jesus' way of saying, "I see you, Osheta.  You need to laugh right now" for me when my mother in law died last fall.

She also mentions these homeless care packages that she keeps in her care.  I'm so moved by the needs of the homeless community and I'm always asking God how to practically care for them, especially in this season of mothering, these were genius. Go to her post on it for a video walk through how to do these packages with your kiddos...methinks there's a #SummerofShalom Instagram party op here...

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Finally, we're kicking off the #SummerofShalom Instagram Challenge next Monday so don't forget to download (or claim) your FREE SUMMER GIFT here. Follow me on Instagram @OshetaM to see how I practice Shalom this summer. https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

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Shalom in your earbuds Sistas,

 

Osheta

 

Jun 7, 2016

My guest on the podcast this week is Sarah Quezada. Sarah and I write for some of the same places and so we've been cheering each other on on the interwebs, but I feel for her over chips and salsa when I was in Atlanta this past fall after the Allume conference.

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Sarah Quezada is the author of the blog, "A Life With Subtitles" where she writes about living a multicultural life in Atlanta, GA with her Guatemalan husband and two talkative kiddos!

 

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Today's episode is a follow up to my book club conversation with Cara Meredith on the book, "Esperanza Rising". Since so much of the book focuses on the struggle of the immigrant worker in California during the Depression Era and we see glimpses of the gaps in the  immigration policies in America, I thought it was important to bring on my friend to share her story of falling for an undocumented worker and EVERYTHING they've gone through to secure his citizenship.

Check out  "Immigration Love Story"! It's a fantastic detailing of her love story with Billy in three parts.

Her "Say This, Not That" section was fantastic and I'm so inspired by her Shalom Steps.

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Resources Mentioned In The Show:

"Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible" M. Daniel Carroll

"Welcoming the Stranger" by Matthew Soerens

Follow Matthew on Twitter: @MatthewSoerens 

Sarah's Perfect Day in Atlanta:

Brunch Spot: The Majestic Diner

Coffee Shop: Community Grounds 

Urban Oasis: Grant Park

Date Night: Barnes and Noble

Closing Thoughts:

I'm really motivated to learn more about immigration in our country.  I'm taking to heart the words of MLK:

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Don't forget to claim your hard copy of the #SummerofShalom printable.  They're going out in the mail on Monday so that you get them in time for the first official day of Summer, June 20th.

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You can follow Sarah on her blog and Twitter.

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

Shalom in your earbuds, y’all!

~Osheta

May 29, 2016

EsperanzaEsperanza 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.

In this episode, Cara and I chat about, "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Munoz Ryan. 

I feel like Sanda Sherdin, a listener said in the hangout sums up everything we loved about the book:

I really loved the perspective on the era, immigration, the struggle of migrant workers, and prejudices. Stories like this are huge at developing empathy for people in positions we otherwise wouldn't even know how to imagine. More than anything though, I loved the identity story. Esperanza first found her identity in her father, her status, and her pretty things. When those were sadly and undeservedly stripped away, she began to learn and reveal who she really was all along: a beautiful girl, inside and out, full of fight and hope! She discovered and revealed that her richness had nothing to do with her circumstances after all.

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We both loved the change of pace with choosing a middle grade book and we found so many parallels between Esperanza's story and many people in our country who are either undocumented or navigating an immigration system that's full of gaps.  We both felt so energized to learn and explore the ways we can seek shalom for the foreigner.  So next week, I've invited my friend,  Sarah Quezada, the author of A Life with Subtitles to share tell her story of falling in love with a man who is an undocumented worker.

We also give an announcement that we're changing our summer books.  We're still reading, "Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God" by Lauren Winner, but we're changing the July and August books. 

We hope you pop over to the hangout and share your thoughts on  Shalom Sista Hangout  and to get the skinny on the new books we've chosen for July and August.

Grab your copy of, "Wearing God" and join us next month.

Also, have you downloaded your FREE #SummerofShalom Guide yet?  No?  Well you can do that here.

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Shalom My Sistas,

Osheta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2016

Hey Sistas,

Toady's episode is all about celebrating the ways you're practicing Shalom in your everyday lives.  I'm joined by my friend, Abby Perry and we share the ways we've seen Shalom in  the media this past month, we cheer on our listeners who shared their stories of Shalom, and we introduce our really fun #SummerofShalom Instagram Challenge!

Abby is the writer behind the blog, "Joy Woven Deep".  She's a mom of two in College Station, Texas who loves Jesus, personality types, books, television, and movies! She kicks off the episode by sharing her primary practices of Shalom, is caring for her boys, supporting the foster care community by offering them date night childcare through the "childcare pantry", and leading a local cohort of "Be The Bridge to Racial Unity",  a community of people with a common goal to see healthy dialogue around the topic of race.

Abby told us about, Runway of Dreams:

Runway of Dreams is a nonprofit organization working with the fashion industry to adapt mainstream clothing for the differently-abled community.

Partnering with top brands and retailers, Runway of Dreams works to integrate wearable technology and design modifications into clothing, making it adaptive and wearable for all.

As a mom of a boy with special needs, this company is close to her heart. They just partnered with Tommy Hilfiger to create a stylish and fun line.  Check it out:
 
If you remember, I interviewed Margot Starbuck about her neuro-diverse community on the podcast. So this company is just ONE MORE WAY God is asking me to be more aware and passionate about differently-able persons.

I was all kinds of tearful about a certain reunion duet from the Broadway musical "Wicked".

The original stars of Wicked reunite for a new, stripped-down take on the show’s touching final duet as part of the “Out of Oz” series.

We had LOTS of women share with us what Shalom looks like in their lives, so we had a good time celebrating two different, Sistas, Sarah Elizabeth Finch, Sabrina, and a special voice message from a listener named,  Jill.

From Sarah Elizabeth:

I'm practicing shalom by celebrating differences and unique perspectives with my "Marked By" series. It's something I believe in doing daily with my community group and "mom" friends. I love making people feel special for the things that distinguish them from others, and I hope that I keep making this a priority in my circles of influence.

From Sabrina:

This week I've been trying to just give where I can to offset the feelings of lack I've been wrestling with.
So, I bought some Gatorade/saltines/soup to an employee out with the flu yesterday (she lives alone). When my favorite cashier rang me up at my local Shaw's and asked me for the 1 millionth time do you want to donate to Muscular Dystrophy today, I said YES. Darn she's good. When a client calls for someone else and that someone else is busy, I take it on myself. Abundance is everywhere and all around us, I'm breathing it in and saying yes this week. It feels so good

And a sweet listener named Jill shared her inward practice of Shalom by attending therapy and then her outward practice of shalom that steamed from the recent death of her friend to domestic violence. How it's inspired her to think about that community and ask, "how can I help".

If you or someone is suffering from domestic abuse, DON'T SUFFER ALONE. Please call the National Domestic Violence hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Abby and I are both on Instagram and WE LOVE IT!  So, I couldn't think of a better co-celebrator than Abby to introduce my #SummerofShalom Instagram challenge.

Reserve your free hard copy of the print here and join us for a summer full of practice of Shalom.

http://bit.ly/SummerofShalom

Thanks for listening, Sistas!

~Osheta

May 13, 2016

Today's episode is short and sweet.  An Annoucement and answer to a listener named Heidi about Kristin Schell's perfect day in Austin...what happened to it? It wasn't in her episode.  Well I explain what happened and then play it for you in this episode.

I also give a fun announcement. 

Check the link to Kristin's episode for the recipe for the Chicken Marbella

http://shalominthecity.com/2016/03/30/podcast-episode-o5-meet-shalom-sista-kristin-schell/

 

See ya next week with our Celebrate Shalom episode with Abby Perry!

Signup for the "Shalom in the City" Newsletter

here

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https://www.instagram.com/oshetam/

 

 

 

 

May 6, 2016

My guest on the podcast this week is Jessica Kelley. Jess is a dear friend of mine who share with us her story of loss.  When her son, Henry was five years old, he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Within the year, he passed away. Jess share with us that her primary practice of shalom, seeking wholeness where there is brokenness in to share a picture of God in the midst of our suffering that’s altogether lovely, beautiful, and good. Jess and I laugh, we’re vulnerable about our own losses and we cry. It’s just like if we were sitting on my couch talking about being Mamas in a broken world and I really hope you take a listen.

Jessica Kelley is a writer, speaker, and survivor of child loss. She has a B.S. in Psychology, a M.S. in Counseling & Human Development, and experience as a School Counselor. Born and raised in the South, Jessica now lives with her husband and five-year-old daughter in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She survives the absurdly long winters by going to the gym, dreaming about the beach, and eating copious amounts of chocolate. You can find her processing her faith journey at JessicaKelley.com.

We talk about our own grief, yes, but we also talk about how to be a faithful comforter to those around us in grief, and Jess gives us these fantastic “Shalom Steps”


I want to give away a copy of this book. It’s a powerful testimony of God’s love for us when we’re in pain and it’s beautifully written

You can follow Jess:

JessicaKelley.com
LordWillingBook.com
@JessInProcess
https://www.facebook.com/jessicalkelley
https://www.instagram.com/jessicalkelley


To win your copy of “Lord Willing”, pop over to Instagram, follow me, and on Mother’s Day, I’ll give one copy away.

Shalom my Sweet Sistas,
Osheta

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*. 

Esperanza

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.
 
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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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*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

 

 

 

 

Mar 30, 2016

My guest on the podcast this week is Kristin Schlle.  Y’all.  She’s kind and welcoming and incredibly generous, not just with her time, but her encouragement too.  I hope you take a listen because she's also incredibly practical on the topic of hospitality which is the practice of Shalom she's most passionate about.  

You may know Kristin as the "Turquoise Table Lady", she's the founder of the Turquoise Table movement. She put a picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting neighbors, friends, and even strangers, to hang out and do life together at The Turquoise Table. A new concept of hospitality unfolded in her neighborhood, and before long The Turquoise Table led to a movement of Front Yard People—ordinary people who long to create community right where they live.

A gatherer at heart, Kristin brings people together for delicious food and stories at her table and online home www.kristinschell.com.

She also shares with us a recipe for this amazing dish which she says is a crowd-pleaser and what she'd cook my husband and me if we visited her in Austin. I haven't made it yet, but I am going to the market today so maybe I'll grab the ingredients for Chicken Marbella:

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Shalom Steps:

Every episode, I ask our Shalom Sista to give us 2-5 practical next steps to help empower us if we feel inspired to share in her Shalom Practice.

Here’s Kristin's:

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We're also hosting an Instagram giveaway this week. Pop over to my Instagram and find this picture, and tag one friend you think would love to learn more about the podcast, hospitality, or recipes.  

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You can find Kristin on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Shalom my Sistas,

Osheta

Visit shalominthecity.com for show notes on this and every episode. Find us on Facebook Shalom Sistas’ Hangout or @oshetam on Instagram!

Mar 15, 2016

My guest on the podcast this week is Kathy Escobar.  Y'all. She is wise and funny and so, so thoughtful.  You're going to love everything she has to say about having hard conversations with people we disagree with and what peacemaking is (and is not). We both share a passion to take big concepts (like Shalom, like unity, like reconciliation, you know...so meta ;)) and making them practical so that we can actually live them out.

She tells us about a recent video series she did with The Work of the People, "Different Not Divided: A Third Way" with her co-pastor, Karl Wheeler about how they've navigated living together in unity while still honoring their differences at their church, "The Refuge".

 

From the "The Work of the People" website:

When we love our theology more than our brothers and sisters we are usually left with
only two options: 1. Create increasingly larger, theologically monolithic and
homogeneous churches, or 2. Disintegrate, fracture and eventually close the doors and
lose relationship with each other.

 

For almost 10 years in The Refuge community, we have tried to practice a third option--a
Third Way--where instead of fighting for our positions or fleeing for the safe haven of a
group that looks, thinks, and believes like us--we live in the tension of our difference.

We are different, not divided.

And because practical application and providing awesome resources to the Body is something Kathy and I love to do, we've teamed up with Travis Reed over at "The Work of the People" to provide Shalom in the City listeners access to the videos and discussion guides. Normally you'd have to purchase these from the site, but we want to empower you, Shalom Sistas with this amazing resources to bring Shalom to your hard conversations and messy communities!

Just make sure you're subscribed to the "Shalom in the City Newsletter"

here:

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Shalom Steps:

Every episode, I ask our Shalom Sista to give us 2-5 practical next steps to empower our Shalom practice in our everyday lives.

Here's Kathy's:

1: Read the Beautitudes every day.

2: Practice Being Brave.

3:Show up. Tell the truth. Trust God. Let go of the outcome. 

Perfect Day in her city: Denver:

1: Travel in her car.

2: Go to Snooze for brunch

3: Hang out at Standley lake with a cup of coffee from Global Goods.

4: Marvel at the mountains of Denver, they still surprise her after so many years in Colorado.

You can find Osheta on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Visit shalominthecity.com for show notes on this and every episode. Find us on Facebook Shalom Sistas' Hangout or @oshetam on Instagram!

Shalom my Sistas,

Osheta

 

Mar 1, 2016

Osheta invites Shannan Martin to share about her four different adoption stories, what happens when her dream was no longer God's best for her family (and beginning to involve ponies who made her life cra-zy), and the surprising lesson an Ecuadorian teen in an Aeropostal shirt taught her about poverty. 

Mar 1, 2016

 Osheta and Megan Tietz of "The Sorta Awesome" podcast talk about loving your neighborhood school, what word just gets under her skin, andthe best Guatemalan iced coffee in Oklahoma City. 

Feb 28, 2016

Finally.

FINALLY! After many delays and a learning curve much steeper than I anticipated, I am so thrilled to tell you that the podcast is up and running and ready to go!

Ep. 00 is an introduction to the podcast where you'll hear why Shalom in more than just another word for peace, how the show came to be, what you can expect every episode, the things that will cause me be exclaim, "Hold my purse, Hold my Earrings" and my dream day in my three favorite cities if Beyonce loaned me her private jet! 

Thank you for listening!

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