the beauty of gaza

When one thinks of Gaza and of all the images portrayed by the media, beauty probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. And yet, Gaza is stunningly beautiful. It is, of course, part of the Mediterranean coastline, with long sandy beaches which, as soon as the sun sets, come alive with young people…

we try to stay

I've now been to Gaza four times, three times this year alone. But no matter how often I’m there, nothing quite prepares me for the experience.  I get up early as the sun is rising, turn on lights which always work when I want them to, take a shower with plentiful hot clean water, make…

that all may have life, abundantly

It’s been a year since I started walking the Israel National Trail with a friend. We go when our schedules — and the temperatures — allow, walking a segment here, a segment there, twenty or thirty kilometres at a time. We’ve now walked over 330km along a winding path from the Lebanese border to Tel…

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…