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Shannon Jammal-Hollemans

About Me: 

Rev. Shannon Jammal-Hollemans serves as a Collaborative Program Developer for two ministries of the Christian Reformed Church: the Office of Social Justice and Faith Formation Ministries. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan) and her Master of Divinity at Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, Michigan). She is ordained to her position by Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Interests: 

Faith formation and discipleship, ethnic and racial diversity and reconciliation, justice, interfaith and ecumenical relationships, belonging and inclusion in the Church

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So You're Going to the Holy Land?

Not only can we learn from the history of the land and its peoples, but the present conflict also presents an opportunity to learn about God’s justice and peace from people who are seeking it with diligence and grace.

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NEW RESOURCE: Discussion Guide for "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah

The CRC Office of Race Relations is now offering discussion guides for small groups on books and films that address the topics of race and faith. First up is Trevor Noah's memoir, Born a Crime

Faith NurtureRacial Reconciliation
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We Don't Own Jesus

As Christians, we need to stop talking about people—whether youth in the church or Muslims or atheists—like they are a problem to be solved. We don’t own Jesus so it is not our job to offer Jesus to others. 

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7 Ideas for Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank

Here are seven ideas of activities with the potential to form faith that you can do with your kids for little or no dough.

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Messages from the Persecuted Church

When ISIS kidnapped and murdered 21 men in early 2015, all but one of them were Coptic Christians from Egypt. Read about the ways that Christians in North America can support Christians in Syria and Iraq.

Biblical Justice
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Hello, My Name Is. . . Racist

As people who seek to follow Jesus, we cannot ignore the racial realities in our relationships and communities. We want easy answers and quick fixes but that's not how God intends for us to live. 

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Can You Recommend a Good Devotional?

"Can you recommend a good devotional?" I suspect this is a question that pastors are frequently asked (I know it's one I receive fairly often). In response, here are 12 resources I've used and would recommend. 

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We Need to Talk About Abortion

Women considering abortion need education, resources and support. Here are a couple ideas for ways that your congregation can create spaces for talking about abortion with grace and truth.

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An Intergenerational Bible Reading Plan for Advent

How do we engage our congregations in Advent? How do we get people reading their Bibles? In response to these questions, my church (Oakdale Park CRC) created this Advent community reading plan. 

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Blessed

As I hear my friends reflect on the election’s outcome, I am hearing a loss for words about how to talk about this with children. It is in response to what I am hearing that I offer this devotion for parents.

Faith NurtureParenting
  • Thanks for this thoughtful piece on church culture, and how well we welcome folks. I hope you will come visit us at Oakdale Park CRC (if you haven't already)! Grace and peace as you settle in...

  • Moyes' novel perpetuates a dangerous narrative that it is up to all of us to call out and challenge. Thanks for doing that with this post! 

  • I will Get working on that. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Thanks for your question. We don't have any other guides available yet, but we are working on developing them. Let us know if you have suggestions to pass along!

  • Thank you for sharing this really excellent piece!

  • Thanks for your comment, Roger, but you don't know me, nor the relationships that I speak of. My friends and family members who are atheists do share ideas that offend me at times, but that does...

    posted on: We Don't Own Jesus
  • Amen, Greg. It is difficult for me to understand the mindset that is not compelled by faith to share our faith. I have so many friends who are not Christian, and it would be difficult for me to...

    posted on: We Don't Own Jesus
  • Sure, Kyle. The thesis would be: God is speaking to the people of the world in many ways, while one of those ways is through Christians called to testify to the hope we have in Christ, God doesn't...

    posted on: We Don't Own Jesus
  • I appreciate your thoughts, and I think you are misunderstanding. When I was in Seminary, I remember one of the professors pointing out how the quote that says "Christ has no body on earth but...

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  • I agree, Greg. We need to live the gospel, in word and in deed, and trust God to do the work that we cannot, which is changing hearts and minds.

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