Let peace begin with me

There is a much-loved song that starts “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” This tune kept running through my head throughout my time in Israel/Palestine. At first, it was a fairly abstract concept to me, one that has some logic to it — that peace begins with each individual read more>>

Sad last day in Jerusalem

It is with sorrow that I leave Jerusalem tonight, because today is full of rioting and anger and smoke and noise. One article explains some of it at http://enews.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20100316/dc03e3dc-4518-4edb-a164-e6d39e36e131

I wanted to go this morning up to a quiet garden on the Mount of Olives, to read and take photos of the city. My taxi read more>>

The phrase “God’s Peace” has new meaning

The choir of young Palestinian Christians sang in Arabic a song called “God’s Peace” and it was translated for the audience on a screen. I will never say the phrase “God’s Peace” again without remembering the deeper meaning it has to such people. In Episcopal church service we say “God’s Peace” to each other as read more>>

Planting trees for peace at Tent of Nations farm

Sign at entrance to the farm

Saturday March 13. By noon I have planted 20 tiny almond and pine tree seedlings in the rocky terraced soil at 3,000 feet elevation at Tent of Nations farm in the West Bank of Palestine.

Planting almond seedlings at Tent of Nations Farm

With me are two read more>>

A new Exodus

“A journey into freedom” is how our leader described the Last Supper as we stood in “the upper room” underneath the House of St. Mark Church of the Last Supper.

We were greeted at St. Mark’s by a chubby, powerful-looking woman priest dressed from head to toe in black robes. She called herself a read more>>

Experiencing some Palestine frustrations

It is a good thing, I think, to have to experience some of the frustrations that people here live with all the time. Today I did not accomplish what I set out to do, exactly, but I probably learned more because of it.

I was well prepared for my foray to a special, very historical read more>>

The road to Emmaus

Our spiritual guide Brother Andrew instructed us to walk along the “road to Emmaus” and ask questions. According to the gospel Luke, Jesus and two travellers walked the road to Emmaus just west of Jerusalem, asking each other questions. This was three days after the crucifixion.

There were loud Israeli helicopters buzzing above my head read more>>

Walking with humanity and humility

No road in the Holy Land has been more traveled than the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem. Franciscan monks in their brown robes; Cruise-ship holiday groups in identical hats; pilgrims singing hymns in many languages — these may be mindfully re-enacting Christ’s walk from the hall of judgement to the cross along the read more>>