Shalom: Bringing Peace to Indy's Near-Eastside

Shalom: Bringing Peace to Indy's Near-Eastside

Posted on April 11, 2016

BY JEREMY HEIGHT, CHURCH RELATIONS - SHEPHERD COMMUNITY CENTER

Peace.
 
That is what is needed in our city and in our neighborhoods throughout central Indiana.
 
Shalom (שָׁלוֹם) is a Hebrew greeting and farewell which means ‘peace.’ It communicates an understanding of harmony and wholeness, often between two people (as well as between a person and God). This peace is more than just a lack of violence, it is the presence of healthy relationships.
 
Here’s how I think about it: when you and I are at peace with each other, and are on good terms, our friendship is able to be wholly what it is capable of being. Our relationship is whole when there is peace between the two of us.
 
This peace that brings wholeness to relationships is what Shepherd believes is most needed in our communities. We definitively believe that this peace - this peace of God - will transform the near-Eastside of Indianapolis.    
 
And you can help bring peace! On Saturday, April 16th, Grace Church and Shepherd Community Center are partnering together on two important projects that are aimed at bringing peace and fighting poverty in the neighborhood around Shepherd Community Center.
 
Here are the two ways YOU can help make a difference on April 16th:
 

  1. Deliver Backyard Box Gardens. Hunger is an unfortunate reality in our neighborhood because of a lack of access to healthy food options. Shepherd is working with our neighbors to address this need through a variety of avenues, and one of those avenues is backyard box gardens. From 9am to 1pm on Saturday, April 16th, you can help fight hunger by working alongside others from Grace and Shepherd in delivering backyard box gardens to our neighbors - providing them the opportunity to grow fresh produce at their own homes. Click here to find out more!

  2. Participate In A Neighborhood Block Party. Peace between you and I can only be brought about through some form of relationship between the two of us. Peace necessitates community. And peace through community is what we are continually seeking to help facilitate in our neighborhood. Our Block Partyon the 16th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., is aimed at building community. We are constantly hosting events for, in, and with our community. This particular block party will be celebrating the artist in each of us. (Now, if you’re like me, your inner artist may be more of a ‘paint-by-numbers’ kind of artist, but you and I can still make a difference at this event!) There are a variety of ways you can participate with this party as we bring together residents from the neighborhood for games, art-making, open mic music, food, and conversations. Learn more about how you can join!

So will you spend a day on the near-Eastside nurturing peace and building community alongside our neighbors?
 
If the answer is yes, register to be a peace-maker.

Together we can help bring Shalom to Indianapolis.