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So several months ago, not long after I started working with the Church of Scotland, I was asked if I might want to participate in their Tomorrow's Calling campaign, which hopes to show the diversity of forms ministry within the church can take. Except there was a slight twist in my case: I was to…

easter in the holy land

Friends, this last week was hard. It was Holy Week. And Holy Week is hard. Wherever you are, whatever your role, if you 'do' Holy Week, it's hard. It's emotionally, spiritually, physically draining. And I did things way simpler than a lot of my colleagues. But that didn't seem to lessen the toll it took. Because…

no peace

When I moved to Israel-Palestine, the question I was asked most often was 'Is it safe?' Over and over, loved ones expressed concern. The bombs. The knives. The guns. Signs of anger and fear. Weapons of terror and 'security'. They're what make the news. People know two things about this place: 'Holy Land' and 'Hamas'. (There are,…

holy week in the holy land

Today marks exactly four months in Israel. How do I feel about that? How have I found the past four months? Well, whatever adjective you can imagine would probably speak into some part of my experience here thus far. It's been exciting, heartbreaking, lonely, joyful, f***ed up, complicated, confusing, stressful, tiring, exhilarating, fulfilling, etc, etc,…