Sacred Land: Common Ground?

Mar Elias and Haifa

Archbishop Elias Chacour“If taking our side would mean for you to start hating the Jews, we do not need your friendship. We do not need another enemy here – we need a common friend.” Archbishop Elias Chacour

Day 15 - Understanding

Day 15-Understanding We are writing these study postings each day on the seminar, and as we travel we collect material to post immediately, as well as later in Lent.  As we approached the theme for this week, attempting to share five blog posts that should convey some better understanding of Israel and Palestine, we asked seminar participants: “If you could only share five things, what would you want blog readers to understand about this land and its peoples?”

Capernaum, the Golan Heights, and Galilee sights

Sea of GalileeAfter this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. (John 6:1-3)

Golan Heights and Capernaum photos

Capernum gate sign
Gate Sign

Golan Heights - Capernum



Artifact taken from the synagogue at Capernum.
Artifact taken from the synagogue at Capernaum.

Jericho, Nazareth and Tiberias

JerichoJoshua fit the battle of Jericho,

and the walls came a' tumblin' down.

Archaeology dig at Jericho

Archaeology dig at Jericho

The Dead Sea with Jordan in the Background

Dead Sea

Masada World Heritage site


Day 14 - Understanding

Just the Facts!

Masada, floating on the Dead Sea, and Qumran

Qumran Cave 4I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining.

I believe in love, even when I don't feel it.

I believe in God, even when God is silent.

(Words found scrawled on the wall of a cellar in Cologne at the end of World War II where Jews had been held as captives. We started our day singing this text set to a melody by Mark Miller, director of the YDS Gospel Choir.)