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 […]

I Stand With the Girls #voiceswiththegirls

[Trigger warning: Mention of human trafficking and sexual violence.] I want to stand with the girls. October 11 is International Day of the Girl. We have joined International Justice Mission, Canada this year to raise awareness around the stories and challenges of women and girls around the world and we ask you, our readers, to […]

We Need a Different Kind of Warrior

It’s a rough season for American politics. For those of you who live in the United States, no matter which direction you vote or value, the division is grossly apparent. If you live abroad, you are watching an interesting season for our young country, and it’s hard not to be embarrassed. As brutal, draining, exhausting, […]

Social Justice Disrupts our Nice Christian Lives

Recently, in a conversation with someone about social justice and the church, I was told this: “Justice is incidental to the gospel.” I was dumbfounded. I’m a pretty smart woman and if that word, incidental, means what I think it means, then I just discovered a very wide chasm between my understanding of the gospel […]

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 […]