A voice from the dark called out,
             ‘The poets must give us
imagination of peace, to oust the intense, familiar
imagination of disaster. Peace, not only
the absence of war.’


Welcome! I am a native Southwestern Virginian, a priest ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and a Mission Partner with the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council, based in Tiberias, Israel.

I serve as minister, chaplain, advocate, partner, and friend. Much of my role in Israel and Palestine is to stand in solidarity with all people across the races and religions who are working for peace, justice, and reconciliation. On this blog, I share stories which are mine, and stories which I am told and have been given permission to share. I reflect on the ways those stories intersect with the Christian gospel, and the ways they might not. Sometimes narratives, our own and others’, need to be challenged.


                                              A line of peace might appear
if we restructured the sentence our lives are making,
revoked its reaffirmation of profit and power,
questioned our needs, allowed
long pauses . . .


It is not always easy to maintain hope in the midst of conflict, but I firmly believe that we are all beloved children of God and made in God’s image. It is only in the light of the love of God, the first poet, that any of us are able to have an imagination of peace.


My views and the views of others expressed here are not necessarily the views of the Church of Scotland or the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Quotes from ‘Making Peace‘ by Denise Levertov.