May 24

Menno-Knights of the Round Table Phil J. Yoder For our evening prayers tonight D.J. Mitchell asked a poignant question: Where have you witnessed the Kingdom of God? Maybe in your heart? In the world? Perhaps you’re still yearning to encounter the coming of the kingdom—if so, in what ways? (Paraphrased). Many of us responded. I....

May 23

We left Nazareth today for Galilee. We hadn’t been in Nazareth as long as we were in Bethlehem, so there wasn’t the same sadness about it. And there’s an acute awareness that we are nearing the end of our journey. ​ We began the day at Zippori, also known as Sepphoris, a Hellenistic Jewish city....

May 22

Morning brought the sounds of children gathering in the school courtyard below our window. We have a beautiful view over Nazareth town. Our first stop today was at the church that honors Mary’s well, where some traditions remember her hearing the angel’s voice before running home to get the full message as recorded in Luke.....

May 21

Our morning began with a worship service at the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Nazareth. We were guided through the service with the aid of English liturgy translations and a helpful elderly man. Following the service, we engaged in delightful conversations with the congregation members over coffee and pastries. After church, we headed to a....

May 20

May 19-20: Shabbat dinner reflections and our journey to Nazareth My roommate (Carlos) and I were invited into the home of an older couple for Shabbat supper on Friday. During the dinner I ventured a political question: “What do you think of President Trump coming here in a few days, and all the posters around....

May 18

This was our last morning at the Diyar consortium guesthouse and in Bethlehem. We spent the morning at Tent of Nations, an organization with a farm and summer camp programs run by the Nassar family. We had to walk the last half mile or so, because the Israeli settlements that are being built around the....

May 19

Shabbat Shalom Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets smear it with whitewash… Thus will I spend my wrath upon the wall and upon those who have smeared it with whitewash, and I will say to you, The....

Tuesday May 16th

Determining reality in this land is not always an easy task. Earlier in this trip we were told, presciently, that “everyone here is a politician and everyone here is a theologian”. Today we saw this reality play out in stark terms and it is enough to cause whiplash. Most of the conversations we’ve had on....

May 17

From Dan to Beersheba, was the ancient way of describing the north/south borders of the Holy Land. Today we went south to Tel Beer Sheva. Driving on what used to be an ancient Roman road, we passed through the area where Goliath was killed. We saw many trees planted by the Israeli’s. Our guide said....

May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017 Today was a day of great excitement and energy as we met with many strong individuals seeking to change the narrative of violence in Israel/Palestine.  First, we met with Lucy who works at Wi’am, a conflict transformation center.  Founded in 1994, this center works for harmony and agape love through resolving conflict. ....