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The Do Gooders Podcast

Sep 26, 2022

How do we seek the peace and prosperity—the shalom—of our communities?

It’s a charge from God as we find in Jeremiah 29:7: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

So how do we love our neighbors and work for the common good?

Dr. Amy Sherman lays it all out in her new book, “Agents of Flourishing: Pursuing Shalom in Every Corner of Society.” It’s part theological reflection and part instruction manual on how to be, as she calls it, a “kingdom foretaste bringer.”

Dr. Sherman directs the Sagamore Institute’s Center on Faith in Communities, a capacity-building initiative for congregations and faith-based and community-based organizations. Its aim is to help leaders invest more strategically and effectively in their communities as they address poverty and injustice.

She also works closely with Made to Flourish, a pastors’ network for the common good focused on issues of faith and work. She’s the author of seven books and more than 100 articles and essays, and frequently speaks and trains congregational and nonprofit ministry leaders.

Dr. Sherman holds a Ph.D. in international economic development from the University of Virginia and volunteered for several years as a Senior Fellow with the International Justice Mission.

She’s on the show to help us better understand the concept of biblical flourishing and how we can effectively seek it in our communities.


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