Holy Land 2013 | Blog 9 | Milk and Ashes

Posted by Ann, February 13, 2013

Mt. Tabor is the mountain where the Transfiguration is said to have taken place. This is the scripture reading we just heard on Sunday (Luke 9: 28-35). As you approach the mountain, it juts gently but firmly out of the land in the shape of a woman’s breast. This is not my image, but belongs to Jerome Murphy-O’ Connor, a Dominican geologist who used it to describe Mt. Tabor in his 1980 book, The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700. If Jerusalem is considered the naval of the world – a place of origin – then Mt. Tabor is considered the breast - a place of nourishment, where pilgrims are fed spiritual milk from mother earth.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 8 | Uncovering the Layers

Posted by Ann, February 12, 2013

A reflection from Holy Land pilgrim Ted Ellett: On the sixth day of our pilgrimage we traveled to Galilee, the place where Jesus spent his boyhood, and where most of his teaching, preaching, and performing of miracles took place. On our pilgrimage we have been doing heavy walking with our eyes, focusing on quiet listening and watching, and letting the Holy Land flow through us and speak to us as we move about.

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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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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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