advent in tiberias

Last week, as I was printing off the service sheets for December and preparing the Advent wreath, I sensed that we needed to do something different his year. Lighting our Advent candles just didn't seem ... enough. Each year I've been here, Advent simply hasn't felt like Advent, but I've never been able to figure…

making peace

Ever since I returned from Gaza last month the poem 'Making Peace' by Denise Levertov has been playing on a loop in my head. I am always amazed by the rich artistic expression we experience in Gaza. The girls of Darraj psychosocial clinic welcomed us with dancing. We drove past street art on the tree-lined…

christ today

I’ve now lived in Tiberias for nearly four years. Each morning, as I walk down the hill from the manse to the Scots Hotel, I look out across the Sea of Galilee and watch the rising sun cast dancing shimmers on the water.  A ten minute drive north along the lakeside leads to Magdala, the…

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…