Living Toward Shalom

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But seek the shalom of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its shalom you will find your shalom. —Jeremiah 29:7

In the last week of March, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries (GFM) staff team will come together for our annual national staff conference. I am looking forward to this year’s exploration of Living Toward Shalom.

As you may guess, we have a number of significant pre-conference readings and learning assignments designed to prepare us not only for our learning together, but also what the Giver of Shalom might want to do among us and through us for one another and the University. A glimpse . . .

As you have opportunity, please join us in

  • reading some of the above material.
  • engaging in some prayerful listening and observing about the presence of shalom in the university/universities with which you are connected.
  • interviewing or hosting discussions with members of your campus community (across roles and academic stages) regarding the presence of shalom.
  • taking a campus prayer walk.
  • prayerfully considering  . . .
    • Where do students/faculty see shalom present in the university? in their department/field
    • Where is shalom absent? How do you see people longing for shalom?
    • What are some of the issues of shalom at your university?
    • Who are engaging these issues of shalom at your university?
    • Where might Christian students and faculty engage in conversations, advocacy, prayer, and action that might address matters of shalom in the university? How might this happen?

In this creative preparation process, a number of bonus resources have been shared by the superb GFM staff team coordinating the GFM national staff conference . . .

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Emeritus Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale University

Furthermore, John Mulholland, who curates The Charles Malik Society for Redeeming Reason with a passion for Shalom and Nicholas Wolterstorff‘s labors in this area, passed along to the Emerging Scholars Network a number of resources.

May God richly bless you and your campus community as you are Living Toward Shalom this Lent, with your hope for the new heavens and new earth resting upon the resurrection of Jesus the Christ, the Son God, working out through the people of God. As you have contributions to make to and resources to share with the conversation, please do such. Thank-you. To God be the glory!

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Tom Grosh IV

Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the South Central PA Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). The Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine is the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!

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