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Shalom y’all is a podcast for the everyday peacemakers. Shalom is the Hebraic concept of peace in our real lives— wholeness, flourishing, vibrancy, goodness. Nothing broken and nothing missing.That’s a tall order, right? Well every week you your Osheta Moore a pastor, pastors wife, author of , “Shalom Sistas”, and everyday peacemaker will help make this big idea more accessible in our everyday lives. On every episode she interviews a fellow peacemaker on how they are practicing shalom in their lives and then gives you “shalom steps” practical next steps so that God’s radical peace can meet your everyday ordinary lives. We are all peacemakers and this show will help you be a more intentional one right where you are.
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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⠀

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