NACSW Online Continuing Education

Pursuing Shalom: Serving Our Neighbors Locally and Globally
Length: 1.25 hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers and related professionals
  • social work students
  • human services professionals
  • clergy
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.25

Lisa Sharon Harper, MA (Human Rights),  
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Grounded in Genesis 1 and manifest in Matthew 25:31-end, this session explores the biblical concept of shalom and its implications for the social worker and the Christian as we engage the world with justice and compassion. Lisa Sharon Harper connects the biblical text with the challenges encountered by social workers on a daily basis: hunger, thirst, sickness, immigration, prison, and abject poverty. This presentation explores the implications of the call to "righteousness" on local and global engagement with those Jesus calls the "least of these."


  • Research and Practice with Ethnically Diverse Populations

Sample Content


Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

Define the biblical concept of shalom

Describe the connection between Matthew 25 and the challenges encouraged by social workers every day

Articulate 2-3 examples of applying an understanding of the challenges faced by clients to advocacy for just public policy


Topics to be addressed and timeline within the 75 minute presentation.

I. The Biblical Concept of Shalom: Overview (15 min)

II. Matthew 25 Context (15 min) III. Matthew 25: 31-end (30 min)


Lisa Sharon Harper, MA is the Chief Church Engagement Officer for Sojourners based in Washington, DC. Ms. Harper previously served as founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice and earned her Masters degree in Human Rights from Columbia University in New York City.

Her writing has been featured on CNN Belief Blog, The National Civic Review, God's Politics blog, The Huffington Post, The Christian Post, Relevant Magazine,, Q Ideas Blog, and Prism where she has written extensively on tax reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health care reform, poverty, racial and gender justice, and transformational civic engagement

Ms. Harper's recent book, "Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith" (Zondervan, September 2014), was co-authored with a team of 3 other authors. Previous books include "Left, Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics," coauthored with D.C. Innes (Elevate, October 2011); and her first book, Evangelical Does Not Equal Republic or Democrat (The New Press, October 2008), which offers a power-packed look at the roots of evangelical faith, how Evangelicals strayed so far from those roots, and what is bringing them back.

Ms. Harper co-founded and co-directed the Envision 2008: The Gospel, Politics, and the Future conference on the campus of Princeton University (June 2008) and co-chaired the Envision 2011 symposium in New York City (June 2011). Harper was named "#5 of the Top 13 Women to Watch in 2012" by the Center for American Progress, was awarded the 2013 Faith and Justice Leadership Award by the National Black Women's Roundtable, was awarded the National Council of La Raza Capital Award for Public Service for her participation as a core faster in the 2013 #Fast4Families initiative for immigration reform and was recently recognized as one of "50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women's Day" by the Huffington Post.

CE Accreditation Information

NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 1.25 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

Registration Fee and Refunds

The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

Grievance Procedure

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

Request for Accommodations

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Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

Contact Information

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