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Communities of Shalom

WHEREAS, the General Conference responded to the Los Angeles crisis of 1992 by creating a new strategy called Communities of Shalom, which incorporates evangelism and community action;

WHEREAS, Communities of Shalom focus on spiritual renewal, congregational development, community economic development, health, and strengthening race and class relationships;

WHEREAS, Communities of Shalom strategy has spread throughout the United States and Africa, in rural and urban settings; and

WHEREAS, the need for Communities of Shalom continues to grow;

Therefore, be it resolved, that The United Methodist Church:

1. strongly urge the continual expansion of Shalom ministries throughout the United States and the world for communities in crisis and transition;

2. through the General Board of Global Ministries, resource Communities of Shalom through training and technical assistance;

3. affirm the Shalom Committee and its continued work with the General Board of Global Ministries and other general church agencies. The committee shall be composed of twelve (12) members and two ex-officio members. There shall be six members selected by the Council of Bishops, three by the General Board of Global Ministries and three selected by the Shalom Committee for expertise. A staff person of the General Board of Global Ministries and a staff person of the General Board of Pensions shall serve as ex-officio members with vote;

4. charge all general church agencies to explore and develop opportunities to work collaboratively to assist local churches with the Communities of Shalom strategy; and

5. endorse the solicitation of Shalom resources from founda- tions, corporations, government sources, individuals, and churches utilizing the Advance, a foundation structure, and other necessary strategies.

ADOPTED 2004

See Social Principles, ¶ 162P.

From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church — 2004. Copyright © 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.



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