23. Hanging Around the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

  I visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre whenever I’m in the neighborhood. I know that sounds strange, but I like seeing the building and the visitors at various times of the day.  It isn’t as though I’m enamored with the building. The building is a “let-down” if you expect London's St. Pauls or … Continue reading 23. Hanging Around the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

21. Protestant Jerusalems

  I find fascinating Jerusalems different “sacred geographies.” Jewish, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Muslim, and Christian Protestant have overlapping “sacred geographies.” At times there are similarities. Jews pray at the “Tomb of David” as Christians peer at the large stone sarcophagus. A Christian kisses the rock where tradition has it that Jesus ascended into heaven … Continue reading 21. Protestant Jerusalems

19. Eastern Orthodoxy’s Jerusalems

Being an Atlantan mainstream Protestant , I’m not use to the variety of Chalcedonian (Greek and Russian) and non-Chalcedonian Christians, or sometimes referred to as the Oriental Christians( Armenian, Syriac, Coptic, and Ethiopian) in Jerusalem. Their use of icons, their liturgical dress, and their languages remind me that Christianity comes in all shapes and sizes … Continue reading 19. Eastern Orthodoxy’s Jerusalems

18. Franciscans as Custodians of the Holy Land

Francis is more than simply a Jerusalem street name. The Franciscans with their brown robes blend into the white, yellow, or tawny colored Jerusalem stone. As the Franciscans of the Holy Land come from 45 different nations, they themselves exhibit the varied skin color of places all around the globe. The Franciscans are markers of … Continue reading 18. Franciscans as Custodians of the Holy Land

16. Excuse Me Sir, Do You Know Where I May Find Deodorant?

I awake early as usual. Rather than walking before breakfast, I wait and walk after breakfast. Since I am leaving Delhi’s Aerocity Holiday Inn for my flight to Tel Aviv later this afternoon, I decide that I might as well replace my empty roll-on deodorant. In this compact, highly developed area a mile or two … Continue reading 16. Excuse Me Sir, Do You Know Where I May Find Deodorant?