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Renewed Hope: Pope Francis' Prayer at Bethlehem Separation Wall
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

The most iconic moment during the Pope’s visit to Bethlehem did not take place in the Manger Square, nor the Nativity Church. It took place next to the Separation Wall. Recently I ...

COMMENTARY: In Bethlehem, Pope Francis Can Show His Support for Peace, Justice
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

The visit of Pope Francis to Palestine has turned into an enormous opportunity for His Holiness to reaffirm his commitment to peace and justice in a land that so desperately craves these things. ...

Pope to Visit the Holy Land, But Details Spark Debate
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

Christmas is the one time each year when much of the world turns its gaze to Bethlehem, the West Bank town at the heart of the Gospel account of Jesus’ humble birth in a stable. But Bethlehem may be in for a s ...

At Christmas, Rare Collaboration to Restore an Ancient Church
Originally Posted: 12/23/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

In what some are calling the biggest miracle in Bethlehem since the birth of Jesus, the three churches that share responsibility for the Nativity church put aside centuries of tense relations this past year to ...

Our War on Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

To those who say that Christmas is all about peace on earth, a quick look at the second chapter of Matthew and the largely overlooked story of King Herod reminds us that this peace comes at a price. For it is ...

Shepherds
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Harry C. Kiely The voices are singing, “All will be well, All will be well.” Night. The sheep huddled agains ...

President Obama, You Are Welcome in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

If you are in support of justice and a positive peace, I call on you not to be one of those who prefer “order” and the “absence of tension.” Rather, be one of the blessed who are the peacemakers. ...

Dear President Obama: Do Not Visit Bethlehem’s Nativity Church
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

I suggest that as the president enters the town, from Jerusalem I presume, that he takes a look to his right, and he will see the separation wall. It is hard to miss. It is that ugly concrete structure that gi ...

God the Father and Embryo
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Advent suggests so many mysteries of God's patience. One rarely commented case is God as Father and embryo. It is extra Biblical so imagination can only begin to tell the bizarre tale. ...

Christmas Wisdom: Follow the Star for Foreign Policy
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

A key insight into this portion of the Christmas narrative is that God is revealed through the vulnerability of poverty and marginalization One of the most fresh and challenging i ...

Leila Sansour
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Six questions for Leila Sansour Bio: Catholic Palestinian film director and founder of th ...

Christians Fighting Over Holy Places (Physically and Figuratively)
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

The disturbing footage of the monks fighting in Bethlehem’s Nativity Church has been seen around the world. This is not the first time such a fight has erupted. The natural reaction any Christians should have ...

A Christmas Reflection: Grace
Originally Posted: 12/25/2011 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

That baby Jesus will be many more things as his life, death, resurrection and eternity continues but here in the straw, and central to everything he will do and be, he is a symbol of grace. This is what Christ ...

Heeding the Bethlehem Call: Freedom Comes from Tenacity
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

If all who hear the “Bethlehem Call” respond then momentum will build for the liberation of all God’s children in the Holy Land. In preparing to leave for the Holy Land a few week ...

The Immigrant Days of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Unaccounted for in the empire, baby Jesus’ first movement in this world was a government-evading trek through the desert by night. I noticed this Christmas season, for the first t ...

Christmas Mourning
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

December 18, 2010, was a rough day for me. A week before Christmas — and four days before I planned to ask my girlfriend (now my wife) to marry me — I had plenty of reasons to be joyful, but on that Saturday, ...

Advent or Government Shutdown, Which Matters More?
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

There is, once again, a threat of a government shutdown. Congress, once again, can’t get along. Even the most basic decision making has stalled as each party postures for their base. But, it’s almost Christma ...

David Wilcox on Guidance, Religion and Miracles
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Few will chose to follow Out of all the star invites Most will hide safe inside With the lantern turned up bright Waiting for a miracle It's that time of the year again, th ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 4:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Joking for Jesus, The Courage to Love, Body Meets Soul, Rethinking War. Joking for Jesus Wh ...

O Come Ye, O Come Ye to Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

What one quickly learns when visiting Bethlehem is that the political climate today is quite similar to the one that was prevailing during the time of Jesus. “O come ye, O come ye ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

Stassen and Gushee: An Open Letter to Christian Zionists
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

NOTE TO READERS: As Palestine applies for membership to the United Nations, frequent Sojourners contributors Glen Stassen and David Gushee have penned An Open Letter to Christian Zionists. ...

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are the Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I give talks on the effects of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian livelihood, the status of nonviolence as a means to resisting the occupation, and how I believe nonviolence is the only wa ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

Living the Resurrection on Mother's Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:35pm | Type: Blog

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ...

Why Are Palestinian Christians Leaving Israel?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100414-crossisrael.jpg" target="_self"></a>A friend of mine pointed out on his Facebook page that 45.9 percent of Americans blame ...

How Should Christians Respond to Uprisings in the Arab World?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Egypt-Solidarity-Rally-in/15817757_mcbiZ#1180102181_Mup8Q" target="_blank"></a>After decades of repressio ...

The 12 Days of (a Grassroots) Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For those who are looking for something beyond the traditional 12 days of Christmas gift-giving shtick, here are some ideas I gleaned during my ongoing travels for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

Palestine's True Leaders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a>For many years, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent actions a ...

Dialogue at the Demonstration: Risking Conversation with the Face of Occupation
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

<p>Bethlehem, West Bank. Evangelicals have never been keen on political protests. Especially the sort that includes rifles and grenades -- in the hands of your opponents.</p> ...

Presidents' Plans and Precedents for Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599051510_WL6dK"></a>Several sources have recommended <a href="http://mediamatt ...

A Palm Sunday Procession to Jerusalem Ends in Arrests -- Including the Donkey
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 2010. Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethle ...

Finding Watchtowers and Blind Spots in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598749580_J3NyL"></a>From the window of my hotel room in Bethlehem, I could see the &qu ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...

Palestinian Christians, Israeli Allies, and Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a> <a href="http://ncronline.org/news/justice/palestinian-ch ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

Five Observations from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>We arrived in Bethlehem with our wonderful group of pilgrims. Folk ...

Learning from Iraqi Good Samaritans
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Just a few days ago, I returned from with a small group of Christian peacemakers. Just a few days ago, I returned from a short trip into Iraq with a small group of Christian p ...

The Flight to Egypt and the Continuing Challenges of Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>E<a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>piphany has passed as well as Coptic Christmas earlier in January ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narr ...

Advent Echoes: Checkpoints and Childbirth on a West Bank Winter Night
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Although Hani Abu Haikal is a Muslim, he probably can identify with the sense of panic Joseph and Mary must have felt as they searc ...

Tools for Turning Your Travels into Pilgrimages
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In my ongoing quest to <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/20/turning-my-travels-into-pilgrimages">turn my travels into pilgrimages</a>, I keep discovering resources that help me along ...

More Walls Need to Fall
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598690495_zMVcR"></a>As we celebrate the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, let us reflec ...