the secret of the desert, part 2

Little did I know when I wrote that last blogpost what a wilderness we would find ourselves wandering in this Lenten season. Just over a week ago, I submitted a report to the Society of the Friends of St Andrew’s outlining all the exciting projects the hotel and church here in Tiberias were engaged in:…

the secret of the desert

The desert is a dangerous place. It is always moving, so it is hard to know where you are. This is how the desert Godly Play stories begin, with the storyteller smoothing the sand in the desert box with her hands, creating undulating ever changing dunes. As I’ve traveled this land and walked the Israel…

love & light

It is time for us to stop blamingthe darkness for being too darkand start looking for the lightthat is fully present in each of us,and that light will shine onlywhen we do what we are called to do.Sami Awad, Director of the Holy Land Trust Dear friends, Happy New Year from the shores of the…

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…