Why Shalom?


 Shalom is the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment and delight…We call it peace, but it means far more than mere peace of mind or cease-fire among enemies.  In the Bible shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness and delight.   

(Amy Sherman quoting Cornelius Plantinga Jr. in Kingdom Calling, 2011: pp 3-34)


The idea of shalom is itself a reflection of a world perfected-where peace, justice, care for creation and respect for human dignity are grounded in the love of God and neighbor, a restored creation. 

(Craig Nessan in Shalom Church, 2010: p.4) 


Shalom is the ultimate hallmark, the identifying mark of the authentic Church.

(Robert Linthicum, Why Build a Justice Interpretation Around "Shalom")


A different pursuit – of the biblical notion of shalom, or holistic peace, as described by philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff: intimacy and delight in relationship with the earth, other people, and our Creator. In the context of the biblical meta-narrative, shalom is shadows of the beauty of life in the garden, and glimpses of the peace and justice that is now simmering and is to come.

(Leanne Wild, Geez Magazine; Issue 37; Spring 2015; p. 55)



Why Build a Justice Interpretation Around “Shalom”? 

by Robert C. Linthicum

This is an excellent seven page paper.  Relevant and highly recommended.