We left the states in the midst of Presidential primaries, where debaters had no patience for compromise, reason or negotiated
settlements, and we arrived in Israel to see people separated by twenty-foot
walls, barbed-wire fences, people not speaking the same language.
At the College of St. George, we were greeted by an Anglican staff who spoke of reconciliation and prayed for peace for all mankind. The
devoted staff of Christians accept people exactly as they are and are
prayerfully optimistic that peace will prevail; they set an example by speaking
boldly of the need for peace.
The following day we attended another Anglican church
whose congregation is predominantly Arab Christian. The prayers and the entire
service asked for peace for all people and a safe resolution to the problems of
The Anglican Church is a tiny percentage of the religious
community in Israel, but its message of reconciliation is an inspiration and a beacon of light in a troubled world desperate for hope and courage.