Category Archives: Middle East

First Glimpses of the Orthodox “Other”

Back a long time ago, before I got into the semester, I began a short-lived “I’m going to tell you about my experiences visiting Orthodox churches!” kick.  Things happened: I got a call about a new appointment, schoolwork shifted into … Continue reading

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Recently, I was asked to write a 1000-word essay for the international magazine at the university where my seminary is. (We’ll talk later about how my least favorite part of my theology school is the “Methodist” university…). I was supposed … Continue reading

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Secret Crossings

“The only good thing about borders are the secret crossings.” Once we have our borders as clean and obvious as we can make them, we find Manuel Rivas’s “secret crossings.” In secret crossings, people who are forcibly kept separated by … Continue reading

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“This goes here,” says the doddering king

“An imaginary line gets traced one day by some doddering king in his bed or drawn on the table by powerful men as if they were playing a game of poker… It’s ironic to think of the doddering kings and … Continue reading

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“The Man Cold” meets “Lawrence of Arabia”

I just finished up a weekend of reflection with my fellow Middle East Travel Seminar-ians and remembered that I never posted anything about my Middle East Trip.  So now I am scheduling blog posts over the next several days…  These … Continue reading

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