Father Ibrahim uses the story of the Judgement of Solomon to explain his vision for peace with justice for all people in the Holy Land.
Welcome! You are Welcome Welcome you are welcome. "Ahalan Wa Sahalan". This is the greeting that I hear very often as I go about my daily chores and my shopping in Nablus and in Nablus Old City Often I will be invited in for tea or strong Arabic coffee and the welcome is genuine. The welcome … Continue reading Welcome! You are Welcome
The Samaritans – Living peacefully in the middle of Palestine Today we visited the Samaritan Village which is located on top of Mount Gerizim one of the two mountains which enclose the city of Nablus. The Samaritans are one of the oldest and smallest religious sects in the world that still exist today after thousands … Continue reading The Samaritans – An ancient Jewish sect Living peacefully in the middle of Palestine
Yesterday we visited Jacob's Well. It is located on the outskirts of Nablus near the Balata refugee camp. There is now a beautiful Orthodox church now built over and around the well. The priest, Abuna Loustinos, (picture below), came from Greece 55 years ago and is largely responsible for the building of the church. In the … Continue reading Jacob’s Well – not always a place of peace
Signs, Billboards, and Hoardings... and my limited Arabic I have always been fascinated by streetscapes in Palestinian towns and cities. Everywhere you look there are shop signs and billboards and advertisements with English in larger letters and a message in Arabic in smaller writing. In the photo above you will see a small example of … Continue reading Signs, Billboards, and Hoardings…and my limited Arabic
The Anglican Church in this region is alive and well and doing great work. It serves not only its faithful Christian community but also the community at large of every faith with its social outreach and support of schools , hospitals and clinics and youth and children and the elderly. I am being hosted by … Continue reading The Anglican/Episcopal Presence in Nablus
I saw this building for the first time yesterday. Located on An Najah street near the old city in Nablus, I suspect it was built in the late 1800's or around the turn of the last century. The building is very beautiful, especially the impressive arched doorway. The concentric semi-circles reducing as the door leads inwards is … Continue reading This Building has a History