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COMMUNITIES OF SHALOM INC
February 28, 2011

As a pastor of a local congregation, I have long felt that the problem with churches is primarily the pastors. Pastors oftentimes fail to cooperate with each other because they feel that they are in competition with other pastors. As a consequence, they are attempting to build up their own fiefdom, as opposed to building up the kingdom. If churches could only work together, we could accomplish so much more than we currently do. This also includes our local Council of Churches.

I attended meetings of Communities of Shalom several times before being willing to be a part of the Board. My reason for joining is that I found that Shalom was actually doing something, rather than just talking about doing things.

For the last two years I have participated in Building Bridges and Global Gathering programs. I am also now participating in outreach to International Students at our local college. For the last two years I have participated in Habitat for Humanity, building houses in Mannington and Fairmont.

What I find most helpful about Shalom is their stress on asset-based planning.

Shalom is not just Christian but crosses over into other faith traditions. We participate in celebrating varied faith traditions.

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I've experienced the camaraderie of working side by side with folks of different backgrounds and faith traditions.

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I don't really have any constructive criticism on how to change it because I think it is doing so well.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & For the last two years I have participated in Building Bridges and Global Gathering programs. .

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