Communities of Shalom began in the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots of 1992 as a way for urban, small town and rural congregations to learn practical ways for engaging a whole community in becoming more peaceful, whole and prosperous.
Several United Methodist congregations are leading an effort to start a Shalom site in York County with the same intentions, said the Rev. Judy M. Bupp, who is coordinating the initiative.
A few congregations and residents in the York and Delta areas have committed to the project already. All denominations and faith traditions are invited and encouraged to join, Bupp said.
"The Shalom communities are interested in not necessarily creating something new but in collaborating with existing programs and ministries," said Bupp, who is lead pastor of Grace and St. Paul United Methodist churches in York.
See the complete article by Melissa Nan Burke in the York Daily Record.