If you’re looking for video resources for Holy Week, either for personal use or to share with others, you may be interested in this video about the Via Dolorosa. I’ve been in correspondence with the videographer, Eran Frenkel, since 2013, and look forward to meeting him in March 2018 when I return to Jerusalem.

Not everyone is able to make a physical pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which was one of the things that compelled me to write Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land. I used words to set the scenes, share my experiences, and unpack what the pilgrimage meant for me. But if it’s possible, I encourage you to also watch images and video like these — filmed on location in Jerusalem — to add texture and immediacy to your armchair pilgrimage.

Here are links to three other videos I’ve featured in the past. If you go to The Jerusalem Experience website you will find many more videos. I’d love to hear your reactions to all of these resources, or perhaps suggestions for others!

This event was called “A Church Response to Interpersonal Violence,” but a friend of mine came up with a great nickname: “Two Ruths Telling Truths.”

The two speakers are Ruth Tucker (on domestic violence) and myself, Ruth Everhart (on sexual violence). The event was sponsored by Safe Church Ministry CRC and the Sexuality Series at Calvin College. November 4, 2016 in the Calvin College Chapel. Moderated by Mike VanderLaan.

The video beings with some conference preliminaries and then Ruth Tucker tells her story. My story begins at minute 16 and runs through 29 or so. After that the “Two Ruths” go back and forth answering questions from the moderator. The conversation is done around 1:08 and then there are questions from the audience. You might want to jump to the end to see my sister Susan pop up for the last question!

One thing I learned from this event is that I don’t like sitting while I speak! I would much rather stand. Also, I had tons of trouble with my headset microphone. The other Ruth just let hers slip off, which is why the sound comes and goes for her. Next time I will bring that special microphone/cheek tape! Live and learn — life is a work in progress.

I Believe You from Diva Communications on Vimeo.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Faith communities should be a primary resource for fighting the scourge of sexual violence, but too often they have been complicit, advancing messages of purity, obedience, and gender-based hierarchies. Often times this is unconscious, and could be stopped. You can help break the silence. The trailer above is for “I Believe You,” a video resource. Click on “more” to learn about this interfaith project.

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We laid my father to rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery on June 21, 2016. The day was clear and sunny, with a bright blue sky over the waving avenue of flags.

My mother and all of my siblings were present, as well as many of the grandchildren, and other family members. Because my father was an archivist at heart, I will preserve this record of the day. To read more about my dad, click on the category with his name in the right sidebar. Thanks to my sister, Beth Huizenga, for the brief video above, showing the arrival of the casket.

We stood for the brief service, which took place in a pavilion. My sister-in-law, Rev. Dr. Annette Bourland Huizenga, officiated, using words I put together from traditional sources, but shortened in order to allow time for the military honors, which came first. Military honors included three components: a 21 gun salute, the playing of Taps by a live bugler with a mute, and the folding and presentation of the flag. All of these honors were performed by volunteers.

The service continued with Annette leading.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Everyone who believes in me shall live,
even though they die, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”

The Psalmist reminds us: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble, therefore we will not fear. (Psalm 46) (more…)