There is a Hebrew word that most Christians are aware of: Shalom. It is generally understood to mean “peace”, but this word contains a deeper and broader meaning. Shalom more accurately means an absolutely unbroken and whole, as well as peaceful, state of existence and reality. In such a state there is no separation or enmity between anyone and anything in existence. All relationships are whole and unbroken, perfectly interconnected. In such an idyllic state the relationships between God and humans, humans and humans, humans and nature, and nature and God are whole and unbroken. Where and when did such a state of reality exist? It was the blueprint with which God created the earth and everything in it. If Shalom is the foundation for community that we are trying to discover then we must first consider the source of Shalom and in doing so we shall see that it is of immense value, for it is a very part of the nature of God.