Shalom! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation is a quarterly publication of the Brethren in Christ Church. Its mission is to educate and stimulate Christ-like responses to the needs of society by providing biblical, theological, sociological, denominational and personal perspectives on a variety of comtemporary issues.
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Fall 2015, "On Belonging"
Human beings have a great need to feel like they belong to something, whether to their families, their churches, their country, a circle of friends, or something else. This edition of Shalom! was inspired by a study conference sponsored by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College on “Who’s In? Who’s Out? Rethinking Church Membership in the Twenty-first Century,” where the subject related to the specific notion of belonging to the church. The edition explores more broadly the question of what it means to belong, beyond the issue of church membership. The articles range all the way from the new relationship between the Brethren in Christ Churches in Canada and the U.S. to how language and social media shape our sense of belonging.