As I read your article [on the Charleston shooting], I was thinking about something that happened in my office not long after that tragedy. I am often asked to do a “5th Step” with someone working the 12-step program in Alcoholics Anonymous. A young man in his early 20s came in, working on getting sober and turning his life around. His life had been filled with neglect and abuse. After sharing much of the dark road he had been on, he spoke about what happened in Charleston and was amazed at how those folks could think of anything like forgiveness. And he said, “I want what they have.”
Thank you, people of Emanuel AME, for showing the world a bigger, stronger force than what the world offers and a light stronger than the darkness.
Thank you for Jayson Casper’s report “Pilgrims’ Process,” which I devoured avidly, delighted that CT has shone a spotlight on the indigenous Christians of the Holy Land as well as other Arab Christians and Copts.
In regard to tourism in Bethlehem, tour groups tend to confine themselves to the Church of the Nativity, entering and leaving Bethlehem within two hours or less. There is much to see and contemplate on the Palestinian side of the separation wall, while aiding the struggling Palestinian economy.
A probable reason why Arab Christians are reluctant to visit Israel is that their arrival at or departure from Ben Gurion Airport is likely to include an interrogation session designed for Arab visitors to Israel. Pilgrimage is far from easy for our Arab and Coptic brothers and sisters in Christ.
Mark Galli’s editorial, “Win-Win on LGBT Rights,” is well-written ...1
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