how long?

Early Friday morning, my friend and I left when it was still dark to drive towards Be'er Sheva to continue our walk on the Israel National Trail. As we reach segments of the Trail further south, we're beginning to lose good hours to driving, so we're now walking two days at a time, roughly 30km…

this joyful eastertide

Al-Masih qam! Hakkan qam. Alleluia! The Lord is risen! He is risen, indeed. Alleluia!   At 6am on Easter Sunday, eleven of us gathered in the gardens of the Scots Hotel to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. As I mentioned in my last post, the major holidays of Easter and Christmas are unpredictable times…

holy land, holy week

Like many of my clergy colleagues at this time of year, my thoughts are consumed by Holy Week and Easter. Unlike many of my clergy colleagues, I’m not snowed under with preparation for countless services.  Christian Scouts celebrating Palm Sunday in Shefr'amr The reality is that Holy Week is a rather quiet time here in…

building a culture of peace

On any given weekend, the market of Jaffa is bustling with activity. Tourists wander the streets, stopping to browse the antique shops and boutique clothing stores. Animated conversations in Hebrew, Arabic, and English mingle, interspersed with bursts of laughter. The many restaurants and cafes offering a range of foods from all over the world are…