Shalom Sistas is a podcast hosted by Osheta Moore—a wifey, writer, entrepreneur, and mom who loves to talk Shalom with her favorite women, her Shalom Sistas. While Shalom is often thought of as another word for peace, it’s actually a deep and wide concept of the world as it should be— whole, flourishing, and vibrant. Being a Shalom Sista is as simple as seeing a need in the world and asking "how can I help?" Every episode, Osheta will introduce a Shalom Sista who asked that very question to share her story and give practical advice that will inspire and encourage women to be wholehearted and seek wholeness in the world right around her. We don’t’ get preachy here, but we do get personal, practical, and at times, a little playful!
My guest on the podcast this week is Sarah Quezada. Sarah and I write for some of the same places and so we've been cheering each other on on the interwebs, but I feel for her over chips and salsa when I was in Atlanta this past fall after the Allume conference. Sarah Quezada is the author of the blog, "A Life With Subtitles" where she writes about living a multicultural life in Atlanta, GA with her Guatemalan husband and two talkative kiddos! Today's episode is a follow up to my book club conversation with Cara Meredith on the book, "Esperanza Rising". Since so much of the book focuses on the struggle of the immigrant worker in California during the Depression Era and we see glimpses of the gaps in the immigration policies in America, I thought it was important to bring on my friend to share her story of falling for an undocumented worker and EVERYTHING they've gone through to secure his citizenship. Check out "Immigration Love Story"! It's a fantastic detailing of her love story with Billy in three parts. Her "Say This, Not That" section was fantastic and I'm so inspired by her Shalom Steps. Resources Mentioned In The Show: "Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible" M. Daniel Carroll "Welcoming the Stranger" by Matthew Soerens Follow Matthew on Twitter: @MatthewSoerens Sarah's Perfect Day in Atlanta: Brunch Spot: The Majestic Diner Coffee Shop: Community Grounds Urban Oasis: Grant Park Date Night: Barnes and Noble Closing Thoughts: I'm really motivated to learn more about immigration in our country. I'm taking to heart the words of MLK: Don't forget to claim your hard copy of the #SummerofShalom printable. They're going out in the mail on Monday so that you get them in time for the first official day of Summer, June 20th. You can follow Sarah on her blog and Twitter. As always, you can continue the conversation in the Shalom Sistas Hangout. Shalom in your earbuds, y’all! ~Osheta