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…

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…

a tale of two (boxes of) teddies

Last year I received an email from an Elder of Dunfermline Abbey (which is one of my partner churches back in Scotland) informing me that one of their upcoming Labour of Love knitting projects was to be Teddies for Tragedies. The teddy bears are made to a simple knitted pattern, all the same size, and…