Visual Peacemaking

Here is a shorter version of my video that is catching media’s eye. But you know what? In our media saturated, ego driven, entitlement culture I like to speak like a grand poobah about the need for justice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when many Palestinians, and Israelis, on the ground want to JUST live–peacefully. That goes for many of my Muslim friends too who epitomize what it means to be a loyal, peace loving, American citizen here in the…

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Tourist Christians: Advent Thoughts from the Church of the Nativity and Palestine

“They don’t let them into the city to meet real Palestinians anymore!” Words shared with me yesterday outside the Nativity Church in Bethlehem from Ahmed. “They are just greedy and selfish.” I’m finishing a 3 month term serving with EAPPI as an Ecumenical Accompanier, providing protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitoring and reporting on the situation at checkpoints, learning about the ramifications of the wall to all sides in the current situation in the West Bank. Have also had…

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Who is the Villian In This Story? Conversations with A Soldier

Tarqumiya Checkpoint. Yesterday I had a heartfelt conversation with an IDF soldier at the school checkpoint where I will be serving as “protective presence” for vulnerable children walking to and from school each day. I’m in Hebron in the West Bank to do this for 3 months. In a way the soldier shares a similar mission. We are both players in a larger drama that is tragic, has ruined lives and families, destroyed homes, and continues to threaten the…

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