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…

we are not optimists

We are not optimists; we do not present a lovely vision of the world which everyone is expected to fall in love with. We simply have, wherever we are, some small local task to do, on the side of justice, for the poor.Herbert mccabe Dear friends, it has been too long since I last wrote, and for…