Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Graduate School of Theology

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Samjung Kang-Hamilton

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Glenn Pemberton

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Carson E. Reed


This doctor of ministry thesis presents the results of a project to promote shalom among some members at the North "A" Church of Christ. The intervention consisted of introducing the practice of lectio divina to a group of volunteers that provide a lunch each Monday to students from a nearby high school, focusing in each of five reading sessions on Jeremiah 29:4-14. In a sixth session an outside expert observed the volunteers as they prepared and served the lunch and then conducted a group interview, seeking signs of shalom among the volunteers. Evaluation of the project pointed to 1) vocabulary associated with shalom used by the volunteers and sensitivity to acts of peacmaking among the volunteers; 2) signs that the act of slow, thoughtful, communal reading promoted a sense of shalom among the volunteers, and 3) appreciation by the project participants for the practice of lectio devina that surprised both the volunteers and me.

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