Salvaging Our Story: Recovering the Good News: The Gospel of Shalom

March 19, 2021

"The central vision of world history in the Bible is that all of creation is one, every creature in community with every other, living in harmony and security toward the joy and well-being of every other creature." - Walter Brueggemann

In making this observation, Brueggemann is observing that shalom -- a word that has connotations of peace, wholeness, health, safety, and fullness -- is the central vision of world history in the Bible. We cannot talk about the good news of God without talking about shalom. But the word "toward" in Brueggemann's observation is critical. The good news of shalom is about the way in which we are called to actively make possible more and more the flourishing of our neighbors and of the earth. In this moment, one important expression of responding to the good news of shalom looks like being in active solidarity with our AAPI siblings. Shalom is about living into God's imagination for this world and for all of its inhabitants and it is, indeed, very good news.

Rev. Tonetta Landis-Aina is a native of North Carolina and moved to Washington DC in 2004. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary and is passionate about marginalized people finding their stories in scripture as well as about the new shapes the church will take in the 21st century. When Tonetta isn't geeking out on the Bible or trying to piece together what God might be doing in this beautitul city, she is enjoying time with her wife and 2.5 year old son who loves to assure everyone that he's grumpy.