The word “Shalom” is an ancient Hebrew word meaning peace, completeness, and welfare. These are some of the goals Mayor Robert Reichert had in mind for Macon when he introduced the “Communities of Shalom” initiative in August of 2009.
A partnership of the United Methodist Church and New Jersey’s Drew University, the Communities of Shalom initiative began as a response to the aftermath of the Los Angeles rioting in 1992. The original Community of Shalom was created in Los Angeles. Since then the model has been replicated throughout the United States and around the world. Neighborhood-based Shalom teams engage congregations and communities to build a future of hope and peace together through multi-cultural, multi-faith, collaboration and asset-based community development.
The City of Macon is the first municipality to embrace Communities of Shalom in a broad-based effort, fostering six Shalom Zone sites within its borders.The Shalom Zones of Macon are Bealls Hill, Bellevue, East Macon, Lynmore Estates, Pleasant Hill and Village Green.
For more information on the background of shalom zone community visit www.communitiesofshalom.org/