Peace Is Not Dead Yet

Bethlehem isn’t far from Jerusalem. It’s maybe just a 10-minute drive. Our taxi was waved through the checkpoint. As we took the worn asphalt road toward Star Street, Claude asked our driver what he thought of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority that controls parts of the West Bank. He turned toward the […]

When Walls Crumble: A Tale of Tea, Lazy Saturdays and Separation

This summer I traveled back to Israel-Palestine. As my friend Elie and I drove to Sepphoris, through Nazareth and back, she told me what it was like growing up in Jerusalem. “On the weekend we would drive to Bethlehem to eat and shop. Everything was closed on Saturdays for Shabbat, but Bethlehem was just a […]

Alternative Devotions

I started doing my daily devotions differently since November 2016. After the U.S. election I could not listen to the voices, often white ones, that contributed to the 81% evangelical vote. Already committed to diverse voices, I became more strident. I ran in the opposite direction to try and create a counter-balance to what just […]

Confronting Sarah

Hagar is misunderstood. And misrepresented. Her outline is sketched in contrast to Sarah, Abraham’s wife and would-be matriarch of Israel. In Sarah’s shadow, Hagar is a slave girl from Egypt who caters to her whims. But she also serves at her point of deepest woe—barrenness that denies her the glory of a child, the respect […]

Hidden Identity

As an adopted person I’ve lived with the reality of a hidden history. My origin story remains unknown to me, sealed by a court order for almost 50 years now. I know little about my mother—just that she was Mexican and an accountant at the time of my birth. When I was three months old […]