Greetings from Jerusalem!


Jerusalem on my trip with Interfaith Partners for Peace with Rabbi Gordon. This picture shows me with my partners on this journey (from left): Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Rabbi David Strauss of Main Line Reform Temple, and Rev. Joyce Shin of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Together we are exploring the prospects for peace in this land, learning from ancient sites and their history and from speaking to those engaged in their own struggles in the present day. You can see more pictures and thoughts about our trip on my Facebook page. Today we met with two Palestinians, one a citizen of Israel and one a resident of Jerusalem, and heard their very different perspectives on the situation of the Palestinian people and what can be done to advance change. As we enter Shabbat here, I am inspired by the openness and curiosity of the rabbis and ministers on this trip with me, their concern for understanding, and their conviction that this process of hearing multiple, sometimes conflicting narratives can help us all work toward peace. May we all find ways to become peacemakers, and may all the people in this holy city, this holy land, and this holy world be blessed with peace.