“What does love look like? Not like this”

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. Dalai Lama There are times when words just don’t seem like enough. The more I write, the more anger, frustration, hopelessness, and helplessness pours out onto the page – this is a blog post…

Exploring the Road to Emmaus

The following piece is a short exploration of the narrative around the Road to Emmaus written for a Symposium on Scriptural Reasoning taking place in late January in Jerusalem. Luke 24 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that…

The ache for home lives in all of us

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Maya Angelou, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:18 Can you imagine being told that your home and…

Stop, look, and listen.

Praxis can be as simple as listening and looking. Don’t just walk past people who want to speak to you, listen to them…they have stories to tell. Here, many have difficult stories, but they need people to hear them.

GRACE AND PRAXIS

Luther asserted that “grace is the continuous and perpetual operation or action through which we are grasped and moved by the Spirit of God so that we do not disbelieve His promises and that we think and do whatever is favourable and pleasing to God.” If this is so then grace calls on us to use praxis alongside exegesis to work towards a better life for all God’s people on Earth. This is nowhere more vital than within Palestinian liberation theology.

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”

  This week I’ve had two poems going around in my head, both by the same poet, the late Maya Angelou. These aren’t poems I’ve read recently, but ones which seem to give me a nudge every now and then when I see, hear, or experience something happening here in Israel and Palestine. They cause…

Electioneering by the sword.

What would you do to win an election? Would you campaign on key points you thought the public would find enticing and would improve everyone’s quality of life? Use posters, media, and social media to make your point? Send people out knocking on doors and speaking to all sides of the electorate? Or would you…

Hebron Horrors

I’ve visited Hebron a number of times with groups but today the situation just seemed like something out of a horror movie. Hebron is always palpably tense, the extremely religious settlements, closed Palestinian shops, Israeli soldiers, and empty Palestinian houses under settled areas all add to a sense of dystopian hell. This time it was…