god shows up

Last night seven people worshipped in St Andrew’s Tiberias. Only one was a ‘regular’, a young (non-Catholic) woman volunteering at one of the Catholic sites nearby who values the opportunity to receive weekly Communion. She was also the only native English speaker in the congregation.  When I invited everyone to join with me in saying…

what lies beneath

Recently a neighbour was having a broken step to her terrace fixed. The first day, workers had removed the bottom slab, the one that had cracked and collapsed. They reinforced it and filled it with cement. But the next day, when they came to complete the work, they removed the second step and saw that…

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…