I'm off on a "little adventure" today and tomorrow, but saw this and wanted to post it for those of you who might be interested. Pope Francis has a message about a subject that is close to my heart: the plight of Christians in the Holy Land. I think Protestants can resonate with his message, as … [Read more...] about A Word from the Pope About Christians in the Middle East
from the recent newsletter of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem . . . During this month, the drums of war seemed to beat louder than usual. The majority of people throughout the Middle East prayed that the impending military intervention into Syria would not come to pass. Our prayers for peace … [Read more...] about Greetings from the Land of the Holy One
The Gatekeepers is a 2012 documentary about Israel's secret service agency, the Shin Bet. The filmmaker, Dror Moreh, interviewed the six men who have served as head of the Shin Bet from its beginnings in 1948. The fact that these men agreed to be interviewed is absolutely stunning. The interviews … [Read more...] about The Gatekeepers
Yesterday I met Daoud Nassar, and I would like to introduce you. "I am a Palestinian Christian farmer," Daoud says. There are very few of his kind left. His family's land lies six miles southwest of Bethlehem, 100 acres that his grandfather purchased in 1916. The family has owned the land through … [Read more...] about Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer
I attended an all-day workshop sponsored by Friends of Sabeel, which is an international peace movement that gives voice to Palestinian Christians. My pilgrimage to the Holy Land has made my heart soft toward the Palestinians. Do you realize how severe is the plight of the Christian communities … [Read more...] about Palestine & Peace
There was a man who had two sons. ~Luke 15:11 This morning was the 4th Sunday of Lent and the gospel text was well-known -- The Parable of the Prodigal Son. Or maybe you call it The Parable of the Two Sons. Or The Parable of the Forgiving Father. The name you call this parable shows your hand, so … [Read more...] about Two Sons: The Stage for Religious Antagonism
The news from Gaza dominates the headlines here in the United States, as it should. After all, we are involved in this news. Our tax dollars support Israel and the policies of the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. As Americans we follow the news and consume media coverage. We see pictures of a … [Read more...] about Is Peace Hopeless? Pray Anyway.