Sacred Land: Common Ground?

Day 22 - Possibilities for Peace

Over the weeks we have shared the experiences, and some of the lessons gained, of the participants in the Yale Divinity School’s travel seminar “Sacred Lands: Common Grounds?” 

 We hope that through this “virtual accompaniment” you have been able to share in the learning experience.   Upon our return, we have been asked: “What are the options and possibilities for peace?”  “Do you have any hope for the situation?”   

Day 21 - Talking Peace

Negotiations over disposition of the “Holy Land” have progressed for almost a hundred years, beginning with the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 and the Balfour Declaration of 1917.   Along the way there have been critical UN Resolutions in 1947 and 1948 and again at the time of the 1967 and 1973 Wars.  Famous negotiations are remembered by their locations: Camp David, Oslo, and Geneva to name a few. 

In 1993 the Declaration of Principles between Israel and the PLO was signed, stating:

Day 20 - Palestinian Christians

Day 19 – Palestinian Christians: "The Living Stones"

“Today here in the Holy Land, descendants of those first Christian witnesses are still to be found.  The Christians of the Holy Land, the “living stones”, continue to bear testimony to the power, truth, and love of the Gospel, as they have done faithfully and continuously throughout the last two millennia in this place.”  Michel Sabbah, retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

Day 18 - Jerusalem: The political boundaries and of tension

SeidemannMaps are essential to understanding Jerusalem – its geography, changing boundaries, and demographics – just as maps are important to understanding other parts of Israel/Palestine. One of the most helpful resource persons for helping us to interpret the maps of Jerusalem, its history, and its spectrum of developments was Daniel Seidemann, an internationally recognized lawyer and expert on the Holy City.  He has argued over 20 human/civil rights cases before the Israeli Supreme Court and has participated in numerous talks on Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians.

DAY 17: Understanding Palestinians in the Occupied Territories

Photo 1To understand Palestinians today, it is necessary to recognize that nothing is more pervasive than the Occupation.  Every Palestinian we met is impacted by it.  The dimensions of the Occupation on daily lives of the Palestinians ranges from the seemingly endless military checkpoints to bureaucratic permissions that stymie economic development and can even affect family life.   To fully comprehend the extent of the Occupation, maps are needed to appreciate the vast network of “settlements,” the snaking of the "Wall" that in some places divides Palestinian lands and communities, check points, and the related system of “settler bypass roads”.

We haven't given up blogging for Lent.

EDITORS NOTE:  We have taken a brief hiatus from blogging.  As we returned to the US, we are taking time to review video clips and other resources.  We will return with more resources on Monday March 26th.

Day 16 - Understanding

Day 16   Conversation with Naomi Chazan on International Women's Day  Every democratic nation goes through struggles of ideology and develops laws intended to express core values.  Over the last several years, many within Israel argue that the core values, the “soul of Israel,” have been shifting to the right, especially influenced by ultra-orthodox religious groups.

Caesarea, Tel Aviv, and Jaffa

Aqueduct, CaesareaSo the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and brought him during the night to Antipatris.The next day they let the horsemen go on with him, while they returned to the barracks.When they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they presented Paul also before him.On reading the letter, he asked what province he belonged to, and when he learned that he was from Cilicia,he said, ‘I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.’ Then he ordered that he be kept under guard in Herod’s headquarters. (Acts 21:31-35)

Ibillin, Haifa, and Caesarea Photos

Ibilin - Elaine and Tim, plus. Christina listening To Head of school founded by Bishop Chacour
Ibillin - Elaine and Tim Thomas plus Christina Baik listening to the Head of school founded by Bishop Chacour



Haifa - Elijha's Cave Stella Maris Convent guesthouse

Haifa - Elijah's Cave Stella Maris Convent guesthouse