Seeking the Shalom of the City

Seeking the Shalom of the City: Revisiting and Re-visioning Louisville

A 5-week virtual program led by teacher, activist, Cory Lockhart

Five Tuesdays – November 2, 9, 23, 30 and December 7th, 2021

6:30-8:00pm EST, except December 7th, which will go until 8:30

Seek the Shalom of the city into which I have sent you, and pray to the Holy One on its behalf, for in its peace you will find your peace.” Jeremiah 29:7

In this virtual journey, we’ll “travel” through Louisville to deepen and expand our relationship with the city by visiting some of the forgotten and erased places and parts of its history. Though this program focuses on Louisville’s history, the themes and questions are relevant to contexts outside of Louisville. Bringing together women from diverse contexts will broaden the scope of our learning and understanding of the themes. ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME!

Using a lens of social justice, each session features one or two videos created for the program about a particular place and time in Louisville, time for individual reflection, and sharing with one another. It provides time to reflect open-heartedly on how to both claim the past and shape the future of Louisville or wherever we are located. Cory is the primary writer and producer of the CrossRoads Ministry curriculum used for these five sessions.

Themes include:

  • studying history from multiple perspectives
  • racial segregation, past and present
  • creating hospitality and building community across cultures
  • intersectional justice work
  • 2020 protests
  • seeing all people and our city “shining like the sun

Please join us for one or all of these sessions that will stand on their own.





Cory Lockhart’s Bio

Cory Lockhart is a teacher, artist, writer, public speaker, and peacemaker. She facilitates classes and workshops for teens and adults on living and communicating with compassion and speaks to groups about the experiences and ideas that have shaped her. She believes in the fundamental dignity of every person and the interconnectedness of all people and Creation. She does her best to practice what she preaches, often stumbling along the path, but always getting back up and continuing forward.

Cory has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Northwestern University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University and a Master of Arts in Spirituality from Bellarmine University and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She was a classroom teacher for 14 years. She completed a month-long training on nonviolence and related topics with Christian Peacemaker Teams. She has also completed three International Intensive Trainings in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) through the Center for Nonviolent Communication and continues to pursue ongoing training in this field, including the role of NVC in social change, NVC and the dynamics of power, and more. She will pursue certification as a nonviolent communication trainer.  Cory was an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University and teaches frequently at the Earth & Spirit Center and Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion.

Cory facilitated a workshop on white privilege for Spirit of Sophia in October of 2020, and is back by popular demand. She is an authentic, caring, respectful teacher/facilitator. For more information about Cory, visit her website: