hope is resistance

On Monday afternoon, I was sitting with two colleagues -- Rev John McCulloch, Minister of St Andrew's Jerusalem, and Peter Hehle, General Manager of the Scots Hotel -- in a tent in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Khair in the South Hebron Hills, drinking sweet sage tea and chatting with a couple of the villagers,…

a tale of two (boxes of) teddies

Last year I received an email from an Elder of Dunfermline Abbey (which is one of my partner churches back in Scotland) informing me that one of their upcoming Labour of Love knitting projects was to be Teddies for Tragedies. The teddy bears are made to a simple knitted pattern, all the same size, and…

our struggle is your struggle

In the past few weeks, I've been engaging quite a bit with some of our partner organisations here in the north of Israel and getting in touch with some other NGOs that I've only recently learned about. It's been such a discouraging time politically that I needed the reminder that there are many, many people…

… for war will be no more

My heart has been heavy this past week. So much violence surrounds us. And that violence is met with further fear and suspicion and polarised reports in the media. And now what happened in Gaza on Monday is yesterday's news, while the people there continue to suffer.* We are so quick to label: Jew/Arab, Palestinian/Israeli.…