Holy Land 2013 | Blog 7 | All Quiet on the Northern Front

Posted by Ann, February 12, 2013

We went to the far north of Israel this morning, an area I have not explored on any of my earlier trips. We visited Banias, where one of the springs that feeds the Jordan River gushes and I mean gushes out of the earth. Gurgling blue-green water threatened to jump over the banks of its many streams.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 6 | Ann McMurray

Posted by Ann, February 11, 2013

The picture is the Christ Church group on the banks of the sea of Galilee on the 240th anniversary of Christ Church. Here is a reflection from pilgrim and senior warden, Ann McMurray.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 5 | Conflict

Posted by Ann, February 10, 2013

Here’s a reflection from pilgrim, Betsy Powell:

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 4 | Jerusalem Psychosis

Posted by Ann, February 8, 2013

Green is not a color you normally think of when you think of Israel/Palestine. Having just come out of a seven-year drought (positively biblical!) this region has had record amounts of rain this winter. Three weeks ago, Jerusalem even had snow!

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 3

Posted by Ann, February 7, 2013

I forgot that part of pilgrimage, especially to the land of the Holy One, is having your heart broken open.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 2 | Scared Shek-less

Posted by Ann, February 5, 2013

Everyone has arrived safely and we have begun bonding as a group. Our band of pilgrims from Christ Church, Alexandria is joined and enriched by others from Zimbabwe, Newfoundland, England, Vermont, Minnesota and Maine.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 1

Posted by Ann, February 4, 2013

Arriving in Jerusalem is an assault to the senses. The sunlight is bright and unfiltered, the air is clear. The sounds of birds and kids’ voices and car horns and calls to prayer compete for my attention with the smells of fresh-baked bread, incense, and car exhaust. How could I forget the glory of olives at every meal? Walking in the Old City, I lose my way easily, but my bones remember the hardness of these ancient stones.

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I wonder what’s next

Posted by Jason, January 31, 2013

I went with a friend last week to see the movie Quartet with a friend. The movie was quite good, and I recommend it. Don’t worry, I’m not going to give any spoilers away in this post. The setting of the movie is a retirement home which caters specifically to musicians, and the movie centers around the retirement of a notable opera singer (played by the incomparable Maggie Smith) to this home. The plot features the typical struggle of old age, and the acceptance that one can no longer do what one could at a younger age. This is especially true of singers.

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Posted by Ann, January 23, 2013

At first glance, Barry looks like an aging rock star: pushing 50, spiky bleached hair, British accent, crooked teeth, an assortment of earrings and bracelets. He might have stepped right out of the R & R film spoof, Spinal Tap. What a first glance doesn’t tell you is that Barry has a Ph.D in Philosophy, he teaches at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena on the intersection of culture and art, and is now an Episcopal priest. He may have started out playing with the band AC/DC, but currently he delivers papers on Christianity in the 21st century, and leads an alternative worship service at one of the cardinal parishes in Los Angeles. 

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So what about those Nones…

Posted by Heather, January 16, 2013

I don’t think it will be surprising to any of you that I am an NPR junkie. I listen to it in the morning when getting ready for the day and getting the girls off to school. I listen to it in the evening while making dinner. And I enjoy catching different shows in the middle of the day on my day off.

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