Testing My Limits of Endurance in the Embrace of Shared Community

As the hundreds of red, green, white and black balloons representing the Palestinian flag were released into the sky amidst the cheers of 4,300 runners gathered to participate in the fourth annual Palestine marathon, my group and I knelt on the ground over wafers and plastic cups of grape juice, quietly taking communion. I briefly […]

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Posted by Debbie Wright
A Place of Belonging

As we made our way into the Peace Center for the Blind in East Jerusalem, I was overwhelmed by the reality of meeting this elderly woman, who was clueless to the imprint of her story, her life’s work, and her birth of a community for visually impaired Palestinian girls and women on me. I found […]

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What I Experienced in Israel and Palestine

I have had the recent privilege of pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine, not just once, but twice (November 2014, and March 2016). In both cases, I participated in learning tour experiences courtesy of Mennonite Central Committee. In both cases, I was able to tour important sites for Christians: Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron, Capernaum, Tiberius, Nazareth. I […]

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Community: Family and Food

Community in Palestine has always meant family and food- dozens of family members and lots of food. Community in Palestine looks like communal sized pots filled with fresh chicken, quartered onions, cardamom and steaming broth; women finely chopping handpicked molokhia leaves that were tenderly cultivated on well cared for earth; platters of dried, flat, bread […]

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