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…

Absurdity of Occupation

Occupation is all around me here, from obvious signs like the wall and checkpoints to the less obvious (at least to the newcomer) of bus systems and permits. The wall is the biggest, most obvious sign of occupation, when combined with the Settlements and checkpoints there is no denying the situation. However, Israel likes to…

#MeToo

When I arrived here almost two months ago (already?), one of my first jobs was to pack the latet copy of the Sabeel magazine ‘Cornerstone’ ready for shipping to various people around the world. This edition (available here) was written on the vary difficult and divisive issue of sexual harassment in Palestine and Israel. There…

Peaceful Pretense!

“…our security and our influence was won not just by our military might, not just by our wealth, not just by our ability to bend others to our will, but from our capacity to inspire others with our adherence to a set of universal values, like rule of law and human rights, and an insistence…

Having Doubts…

“Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.” Khalil Gibran I was having one of those days today. One of those days when you wonder whether you are doing the right thing, whether you are out of your depth, whether you are lacking in the skills needed to do…

A table together?

We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who…

Bread of Life

So my first week working in the Holy Land is at an end. It’s been a week of learning, thinking and most of all listening. Listening to future plans, listening to the languages around me, listening to different people from different backgrounds, but more importantly listening to God. One thing I was privileged to take…