Shalom Project

In the final week of the course, a summative project that represents a significant portion of the course grade will be due. The summative project has three parts to it. 

The Summative Project in this course has three parts: 1) a word study of the Hebrew word, shalom, which means peace, or well-being, 2) an essay in which you respond sensitively to and critically reflect upon a time or event when you said or did something that either enhanced or diminished another persons sense of peace or well-being and 3) an essay in which you respond sensitively to and critically reflect upon a time or event when someone said or did something to you that either enhanced or diminished your sense of peace or well-being.

 

Part 1. Shalom Project

Shalom is a Hebrew word that connotes a sense of well-being, wholeness, peace or fulfillment. I believe that God intends all aspects of creation to experience shalom and that our daily interactions with each other either enhance or diminish our own sense of peace, well being or wholeness and that of our neighbors. Thus, I would like for us to engage in an activity that will cause us to reflect a bit on what it means to be a responsible human being and/or to reflect the image of God in this world. It may also open our eyes to what it means to love God (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) and our neighbor (Leviticus 19:18).

Sometimes we are the subjects and our actions and words either enhance or diminish another persons (our neighbors) sense of well-being. In other words, we initiate the action and the other is the one acted upon (recipient of our actions). At other times, we are the objects and someone either says or does something that enhances or diminishes our sense of shalom. In these cases, the other is the subject or initiator and we are acted upon (recipient).

Furthermore, critical reflection on our interactions with other people might help us cultivate certain spiritual disciplines.

 

Part 2. You as subject (and corresponding spiritual discipline)

A time when you extended shalomdiscernment. When we identify and reflect upon a word or action that we have said or done that enhanced another persons or groups sense of wellbeing, we can develop the spiritual discipline of discernment where we look for opportunities to intentionally speak and act in ways that promote peace and well-being in other peoples lives.

A time when you diminished someone elses shalomconfession. When we identify and reflect upon a word or action that we have said or done that caused harm or hurt someone (diminished their sense of well-being or peace), then we have the opportunity to cultivate the spiritual discipline of confession where we name what we have to another person or group and hopefully that leads to changed behaviors where we stop saying and doing things that harm others.

 

Part 3. You as object (and corresponding spiritual discipline)

A time when you received shalomthanksgiving. When a person or persons contribute to our sense of wellbeing, we have the opportunity to cultivate the spiritual discipline of thanksgiving where we express (in a way that the other person or persons can hear) our gratitude for their gracious words or acts in our lives.

A time when your shalom was diminishedforgiveness. When a person or persons harm us or diminish our sense of well-being in some way, we have the opportunity to cultivate the spiritual discipline of forgiveness where we reach deep down and forgive the other person if and when they express their sorrow for what they have done (and perhaps even if they do not). If the harm is so great that we, as human beings cannot bring ourselves to forgive, we turn it over to God and let the LORD handle the matter.

 

A summary of the steps required to complete each part is provided in the following Word Document, please be sure to read this! W7 Assignment 1- Shalom Project.docx

 

The three parts of your final assignment should be submitted on one Word document, written in 12 point Times New Roman with 1 inch margins. Feel free to submit this assignment to the Turnitin Plagiarism Self-Check, under course resources, and make corrections before submitting your final assignment here.


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