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Materialism. Greed. Loneliness. A manic pace. Abuse of the natural world. Inequality. Injustice. War. The endemic problems facing America today are staggering. We need change and restoration. But where to begin?

In Shalom and the Community of Creation Randy Woodley offers an answer: learn more about the Native American 'Harmony Way,' a concept that closely parallels biblic
Paperback, 197 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Eerdmans
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D.L. Mayfield
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Almost a perfect blend of theologies and concepts I have absorbed and heard before and also the fresh breath of the new. Such an important look at big picture concepts that is grounded in Woodley's lived experience and perspective on ALL of creation. Restorative and challenging, all at the same time.
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"...really everything Jesus did and said, speaks to us about a new way of living out shalom in the community of creation. My people, and people of the world over, understand it as harmony and balance, although it is spoken with different words among different peoples. The story, our story, is about a party, a community involving all people and all other parts of creation. The party is demonstrated by carrying out justice and righteousness among our fellow humans and the earth and all her other c ...more
Robert D. Cornwall
Randy Woodley is a Native American Evangelical engaging in post-colonial theology. It's an interesting and challenging book that will cause those who are Euro-American Christians to rethink the way we live and do our theology.

It is a contribution to a new series of books on post-colonial theology, which should get interesting conversations going. Full review forthcoming.
Incredible rich and challenging book for this white, middle class, straight male. Much recommended and it needs to be reread.
Calvin Read
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, nf, poc-nf
Wow, where to begin with this book?

Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley, Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and of Keetoowah Cherokee descent. The book centers on the Christian concept of "shalom," meaning wholeness, peace, unity, and welfare (among many other things), and demonstrates how the indigenous concept, "The Harmony Way," actually demonstrates Christ's message of shalom more wholly and effectiv
Steve Watson
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Woodley is both a Christian and a Cherokee, and his exploration of the Bible and First Nations spirituality and culture is a great example of the best work examining faith, religion, and world culture. Woodley takes seriously the distinct message and themes of God as revealed in Jesus Christ and the message of the Christian scriptures. Additionally, Woodley respectfully views aspects of Native American culture and spirituality than mostly transcend tribe or region - a deep value of creation and ...more
Lindsay O’Connor
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m on a journey of decolonizing my faith by learning how to separate out the beliefs I have held that are more tied to culture than to scripture, so this was such an important read for me. I had to really take my time with it, but it was well worth the read. Woodley does an amazing job of contrasting Western European culture (as it relates to and affects the Gospel message) with some of the cultural norms held by many indigenous people groups. Of course there is much diversity within the Native ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful holistic theology from an indigenous theologian. Chapter two described shalom so vividly I wondered what it would be like to have this book's contents portrayed as an animation.

Woodley shows how the Native worldview aligns with and explains Christian theology from a shalom-based perspective that puts reconciliation and wholeness at the forefront of Jesus' ministry. Jesus' mission was to reconcile people to God, people to each other, people to the earth, and the earth to God.
Graydon Jones
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading a Native American theological perspective. Woodley describes a beautiful and compelling picture of shalom, God’s intention for creation, and the interconnectedness of creation.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book. As a white male, this book continued to open the path that I have been slowly walking to better understand community, the importance of creation, the cultural differences in Christian faith.
Tiffany Mathews
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
So many important truths were shared in this book. Anyone who sticks with it will be better for having read it. That said, it is a little bit of a dry ready with the writing sometimes feeling removed from the essence.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful to read theology from the perspective of a person whose culture is different than my own.
The perspective of a North American Indigenous Christian theologian enriched my reading and hearing of scripture.

Sabrina Peters
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great introduction to indigenous theology.
Kerri Thorn
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A worthy read and quite thought-provoking. Woodley challenges my perspective in the best ways. Will be reflecting on this for awhile.
Steve Bell
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book draws surprising connections between the ancient Hebrew social concept of Shalolm with what Woodley calls the pan-indigenous "Harmony Way," which, he argues, is embedded throughout the stories and ceremonies of North American First Nations traditions. He adeptly and respectfully suggests that modern, western society (and perhaps more importantly, Christianity and Christian theology) has become disaterously unmoored from its roots and that perhaps, the best of indigeonous vision can help ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The culture I grew up in, an American culture, shapes the way we interpret Scripture. The thing is, my culture is not itself Christian, and so it may shape Scripture in ways God did not intend. Woodley, a Cherokee native and university professor, lays out another way to view God's word through the shape of another culture, the culture of Native Americans.

This shape expands my view of God, his creation, and humanity's role in serving him. God has not uniquely spoken to us, and Woodley demonstrate
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-again
Randy is a great human as well as gifted prophet and teacher. His book reads like hanging out with a brilliant friend who is opening new doors of learning and the imagination to describe a Reality still coming into existence.

Dr. Woodley navigates the divide between Western Modernity with healthy critique and the surviving host cultures of our continent. He introduces Shalom as the way to understand the Harmony Way, an aspect of many indigenous cultures globally - most notable those in North Ame
Brenda Funk
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very beautiful book indeed. I loved reading and learning more about indigenous world views and theology, I love his description of the 'Harmony Way', very reminiscent of the beautiful passages in Isaiah, describing the coming Kingdom. In many ways we have got it so wrong in our Euro-western ways of thinking. We have much to learn from our indigenous peoples. Woodley's description of Harmony Way, and the philosophy of living that is their heritage, seems to me to be much closer to Shalo ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Woodley addresses colonialism, materialism, racism, and environmental degradation in his careful construction of a First Nations/Native American christian liberation theology. While I disagree about his interpretations of both Paul and Judaism at the time of Christ -- oddly, these seemed often unaware of the latest scholarship parallel to Woodley other Christian scholarship sources -- what Woodley seeks to do is often quite moving and beautiful. Whether one agrees with his theological conclusion ...more
Marjorie Gray
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This well-researched and conversationally written essay-story blend opened my mind and heart to possible organic community development linking churches and Native Americans. Environmental renewal, humility, hospitality, civility and the arts offer avenues of encouragement for truth tellers.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
First book of 2017 and it was for my Bible Lit class! It was actually a very good read. I liked how Woodley Incorporated animal lives into the Christian bible and how humans are above any other of God's creation, which is something I've always believed in.
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Rev. Randy Woodley (PhD, Asbury Theological Seminary) is Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and
Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at Portland Seminary. Woodley is a Keetoowah Cherokee (legal descendent) teacher, poet, activist, former pastor, missiologist and historian. Woodley received his baccalaureate degree from Rockmont College in Denver. He was ordained to the ministr

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“Jesus, properly understood as shalom, coming into the world from the shalom community of the Trinity, is the intention of God’s once-and-for-all mission. That is, the mission of birthing and restoring shalom to the world is in Christ, by Christ, and for the honor of Christ.” 4 likes
“In shalom, warring over turf, wealth, or national security are extinct practices. In shalom, family wealth is no longer the point of blessing because living out shalom offers an alternative way for people to view wealth.” 0 likes
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