Tantur Ecumenical Institute as an Evolving Institution

Tantur has evolved since its opening in 1972. It appears to have shifted from exclusively an ecumenical academic institute to a lay, clergy, and academic ecumenical center which interacts with its local context. While other academic and interfaith centers exist in Jerusalem, I’ve come to sense that Tantur, as an ecumenical and interfaith institute, plays … Continue reading Tantur Ecumenical Institute as an Evolving Institution

Palestinians and Work

  Some Palestinians find work in Palestinian restaurants and banks.  Unfortunately, most Palestinians have difficulty finding work. Some researchers have estimated that 35% of work-age Palestinians are unemployed. I hear it as I walk through the Bethlehem checkpoint and enter Palestinian Bethlehem. The Palestinian men ask hopefully: “Taxi?” It is followed up immediately with the … Continue reading Palestinians and Work

Conversations about Arabic Family Life and Gender

Like individuals elsewhere, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Syrians face issues of everyday life. These individuals deal with issues acutely aware both of Israel and the surrounding violence looming like a thunderstorm overhead. I had these following conversations concerning everyday life and Arabic attitudes and actions associated with family life and gender issues.   Unsurprisingly, I had … Continue reading Conversations about Arabic Family Life and Gender