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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Holy Land Trip Sat / Oct 29

Posted by Ann, October 29, 2011

We came full circle yesterday when we made a visit to the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt, Jordan. This mission to deaf and profound hearing loss children has been operating since 1965. 160 children, as young as three and up to 20 years old, live together in this colorful, harmonious boarding facility designed to create one big family where everyone speaks sign language. The Holy Land Institute has long been dear to Christ Church missioners. Not only have we given our treasure in years past, we have also given time and talent. Some of our parishioners have spent time volunteering at the institute. Under the capable leadership of Audrey Grissom, and supporters like Joanne Metcalf, this vital ministry to the Holy Land was nurtured. While our commitment to the Holy Land hasn’t wavered, our support for the Institute has waned over the last few years.annblog1029boy.jpg

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Holy Land Trip Fri / Oct 28

Posted by Ann, October 28, 2011

Random reflections about Jordan:

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Holy Land Trip Thurs / Oct 27

Posted by Ann, October 27, 2011

Children of the Middle East who have disabilities are often hidden away because of the shame it can bring to families. In this culture, a disability is a black mark on the family’s honor and may affect the positive marriage potential of the other children in the family.

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Holy Land Trip Wed / Oct 26

Posted by Ann, October 26, 2011

Some of you may remember that my brother died in May of 2010. My family scattered Rob’s ashes in the desert outside San Diego in June of that year and again in the Vermont woods in July. I knew at that point that I would be making a Holy Land pilgrimage the following December with the group from Christ Church, so I reserved a small baggie of ashes with the intention of spreading them somewhere in the Holy Land.

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