All tagged Encounter

The Common Language of Grief

I had just returned from an extended and very much needed Easter/Passover break when there was a knock on the door of my office.

"B's mother passed away and this is the last day we can visit. Do you want to come with us?"

Like Mixing Oil and Water

In 2014, I spent a majority of my summer in Israel and Palestine. To my surprise, I found myself arriving just as war broke out between these two countries. As an American, seeing war take place on my land, in my lifetime, would be an extremely rare occurrence, if ever. This fact, in and of itself, is a privilege that many other countries cannot share. Despite the war  occurring around me, a major lesson I walked away with was that of my own privilege.

In Memory of Kayla

For Kayla Mueller, who pursued common humanity, and a life of service, 'I find God in the suffering eyes reflected in mine, if this is how you are revealed to me, this is how I will forever seek you.'

Her activism brought her here, not far from my home. She spoke out against the injustices in my city during times I was silent. Of her experiences with Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, she wrote in October 2010: