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…

gazan voices

Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. PRoverbs 31.8 Painting in the YMCA art studio I don’t actually believe that there is such a thing as a voiceless person. Even amongst those who are most oppressed.  Everyone has a voice. Those in positions of privilege choose…

hope is resistance

On Monday afternoon, I was sitting with two colleagues -- Rev John McCulloch, Minister of St Andrew's Jerusalem, and Peter Hehle, General Manager of the Scots Hotel -- in a tent in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Khair in the South Hebron Hills, drinking sweet sage tea and chatting with a couple of the villagers,…

lessons from the trail

I'm going to do a very British thing and start this post with talk about the weather. Because our weather here has been surreal. On Friday the week before last, I was at Tabeetha School in Jaffa to lead both the primary and secondary school assemblies. In between, I sat outside at a cafe wearing…