Summer Institute | Shalom

Summer Institute

Shalom! More than a simple hello, goodbye, or a blessing of peace, the Hebrew word shalom is lush in meaning and fullness of expression of peace, wholeness, health, harmony, contentment, rest, and prosperity.

Shalom intends total flourishing in absolutely every dimension, physically, relationally, socially, and spiritually.

When we impart “shalom,” we speak into someone’s life all the wonderful things that shalom means. Shalom as peace, then, ascends above the absence of hostility; it is a complete peace. It is this peace, this shalom, that Jesus commends to his disciples before his crucifixion “My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” Jesus seems particularly concerned that we have this peace in ourselves and carry it out to others; on the Sermon on the Mount he commends this to us, “blessed are the peacemakers.”

What is the unique way Jesus asks us, his followers, to practice shalom today? During Summer Institute we are invited to live into the fullness of shalom as peacemakers, as those who reflect Christ’s love through acts of compassion, creation of beauty, and in our own deepening relationship with God.

Dates: Various, see below.
Time: Middle Hour, 10:15–11:15 am
More Information: Please contact Janet Sanders, Adult Ministries Coordinator, at
(510) 848-6252 ext. 267 or janets@fpcberkeley.org

Follow the links below for course descriptions:


Quieting our Minds and Hearts Through Breath and Movement | Yoga as a Christian Spiritual Practice
We are created by God for our mind, body, and soul to be fully integrated and at peace. Often, our pace of life causes us to miss the rest and stillness necessary for our well-being. This class offers tools for slowing down, creating stillness, and allowing oneself to sit in the presence of God. In this beginner-friendly class, we will experiment with a mix of gentle movement, breathing techniques, and quiet Christ-centered reflection. Modifications will be offered to meet individual needs. Wear comfortable Sunday attire that allows you to move freely. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one; extras will be available. We will be sitting on the floor or in a chair if preferred. Come, cultivate an inner shalom, and be refreshed! For more info, contact Lindsey Bischel Deputy at lindsey.bischel@gmail.com.

Instructor: Lindsey Bischel Deputy, MS, RN, CNS, Certified Yoga Instructor
Location: Room G208, Geneva Hall
Dates: July 10 and 17

YAHWEH Shalom...The Lord is Peace | Listening and Praying to God Through the Psalms
“A peacemaker prays. Prayer is the beginning and the end, the source and the fruit, the core and the content, the basis and the goal for all peacemaking…the heart of the matter is that peace is a divine gift, a gift we receive in prayer.” Henri Nouwen, The Road to Peace: Writings on Peace and Justice

Our souls yearn to be at peace—peace with ourselves, with our neighbor, and with God. When we are still before God, his gentle voice assures us of who he is and whose we are; Yaweh Shalom overwhelms the places of dis-ease. Each Sunday we, like God’s people through the ages, will listen for God’s voice and find our own in the Psalms. You are invited to simply come, be still, listen, pray, and receive from God his divine gift of peace.

Facilitators: Rev. Mark Stryker, Bonnie Ho, Melvin Ho, and Janet Sanders
Location: Room G207, Geneva Hall
Dates: July 24 and 31, August 14 and 21