I am a Mission Partner with the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council, and as part of that role, I am Associate Minister to two Church of Scotland congregations in Israel — in Tiberias and Jerusalem. But I was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church and retain close ties with it and other churches in the Anglican Communion.
Much of my role in Israel and Palestine is to stand in solidarity with all people across the races and religions who are working for peace, justice, and reconciliation. On this blog, I will be sharing stories which are mine, and stories which I am told and have been given permission to share. I will be reflecting on the ways those stories intersect with the Christian gospel, and the ways they might not. Sometimes narratives, our own and others’, need to be challenged.
My views and the views of others expressed here are not necessarily the views of the Church of Scotland or the Scottish Episcopal Church.
I suspect — indeed, I hope — my understanding of the conflict in Israel and Palestine will evolve and deepen, so if you follow this blog for a while, or if you read back through old posts, you may find I contradict myself. I am always learning, and I hope never to be too proud to admit when I have changed my mind or got something wrong.
Part of my role is also to raise awareness of the reality of the Occupation and the ways it affects all people in Palestine and Israel, and to encourage engagement amongst the churches with the issues. I hope that some of my readers may be inspired to visit our partners here, to lobby politicians in their home countries, to encourage our partners in the work they do, and above all, to pray — pray for me and Justin, pray for our families and friends, pray for those with whom we work, and pray for those with whom we struggle to work.
I am partnered with the Presbyteries of Dunfermline and Dundee in Scotland, and their members have committed to a ministry of encouragement and prayer for us. When I am home on deputation, I will be visiting them and building relationships with them, involving them in the work I am doing. But I hope to work ecumenically and continue to build relationships within the Scottish Episcopal Church as well.
I am more than happy for churches to use material I publish on this blog for their newsletters. I only ask that you attribute it to me, and that if you edit it, you ask my permission first. If presbyteries and dioceses wish to reproduce some of my posts in their newsletters, I’d be grateful if you could let me know, and again, please attribute the work appropriately.
Thank you all for your prayers and your support.
We are not optimists; we do not present a lovely vision of the world which everyone is expected to fall in love with. We simply have, wherever we are, some small local task to do, on the side of justice, for the poor.
— Herbert McCabe, OP