Nothing Short of a Miracle: Exciting Developments!

Our Israeli and Palestinian peacemaker friends are on the front lines of this most recent surge of violence in the Middle East.  Thousands are looking to them for hope in the midst of the suffering.  As we’ve reached out to them, we’ve found them resilient and hopeful as always, but equally discouraged, fatigued, and in…

Join Our Winter ’15 Israel/Palestine Learning Lab!

In recent months media headlines have been filled with endless stories of violence, hatred and death in Israel/Palestine. The stories that often go untold are the ones of costly love, subversive friendship and courageous reconciliation. While untold, these stories are no less true and they are spreading like wildfire throughout the region. Many of the…

Unanimous: What Senate Can Agree on and What it Tells Us About Us

In the midst of longstanding partisan stonewalling and insolent disagreement regarding most domestic and foreign affairs, Senate suddenly spoke as one unified voice on Friday.  In a landslide, 100-0 vote, our representatives declared their unequivocal support for Israel’s military campaign against Hamas. Because this article is going to reflect on Israel, Palestine, and American theology…

Seeing What We Are Taught Not To See: The Gift of Interruption

“Dad, some kids need help with their bike! Can you help them?” “No”, I thought. “They will need to come back another time.” I had just settled into my couch ready for a nice, free hour of ‘me’ time after putting my other daughter down for a nap. However, the excitement in 4-year-old Maya’s voice…

Learning in the West Bank: Embracing Abundance

The third in our series of participant reflections… Reflecting on all of the memorable days in the Middle East, one that stands out for me is “Womens Day”, that we celebrated with a group of Palestinian Women at the Vision Arts Center in Betheny. We sat in a large circle, neither of us speaking each…