All tagged humanism

Two Faced God? (Part 2)

When I read this passage, I see a God who is ready to fight oppression so that the whole world will be blessed, very different than the view of God that many people are given, as mentioned in part 1. In a region where some blood seems to be deemed more precious than others, it is no small thing that the blood of the oppressed is not forgotten by God Himself.

Use a Tuk Tuk

I am from the Gaza Strip. I was born and raised here, spending my childhood and teenage years on this small piece of land between Israel, Egypt and the sea. I studied in Egypt, and by the time I graduated, there was war. So I left Egypt to live in Libya. There I met my husband, who is from Bethlehem. After six years we returned to his family and home in the West Bank.

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: 

Love and Power

The way we respond in crisis has the opportunity to be powerful, if we hold on to love while doing so. It’s so easy to respond to the hatred around us with anger that gives rise to condemnation, that causes us to contemplate revenge. In spite of an ongoing commitment to nonviolence, a commitment to restoration, a commitment to love, practicing this is not easy.

The Humanist!

And then came the labeling. I was given several, and some of them were: focused on feelings in general, focused on living in occupation, focused on injustice and humanism. These are probably the best insults I could ask for! But I think the purpose was to offend me or degrade me in some way. So, I was confused the most about being labelled “humanistic”. What does that mean?