Middle East Ministry
The Diocese of Virginia, its churches and parishioners have relationships throughout the Anglican Communion. In some places the Diocese of Virginia is exploring new ministries and in others there are long standing relationships. Below are areas in the Middle East that the Diocese of Virginia, churches or parishioners continue to nurture and grow partnerships.
- In March 2014, St. Matthew's, Sterling, took a pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan to see the location of Jesus' birth, ministry, and crucifixion.
- In October 2011, t
The links, books, and movies below are resources we recommend for learning more about the work of the Episcopal Church in the Middle East.
- The Diocese of Jerusalem
- Saint George's College, Jerusalem
- The Episcopal Church's Partnership Office for the Middle East
- Episcopal Peace Fellowship
- Episcopal Public Policy Network
- Good Friday Offering of the Episcopal Church
- Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
- Churches for Middle East Peace
- American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
- Rabbis for Human Rights
- Center for Interfaith Reconciliation
- Learn more about the Palestine of Jesus course and see a bibliography.
- Video: "Praying for a Holy Land"
- Rev. Ann Gillespie preaches about her October 2011 pilgrimage to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.
Books About the Holy Land and Pilgrimage
- Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses, Bruce Feiler — Feiler is a fifth-generation American Jew from the South who initially felt no connection to the Holy Land. His journey of faith includes spiritual, archeological, Scriptural, and occasionally political reflections.
- Where Jesus Walked: A Spiritual Journey Through the Holy Land, R. Wayne Stacey — Each chapter introduces the reader to a prominent place in Jesus’ life– its architecture, geography, history, and archeology. The book includes a new translation of a Scriptural passage relevant to the place and a brief meditation. It is a great companion to bring on a pilgrimage.
- The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred,Phil Cousineau — Cousineau offers thoughtful and practical suggestions for traveling prayerfully.
- A New Testament Guide to the Holy Land,John Kilgallen — For both pilgrims and armchair travelers, this title is a unique introduction to the holy sites of Israel and explains both the physical and spiritual aspects of these areas. Fr. Kilgallen describes each site’s geographical and archaeological importance and then cites Gospel passages that reveal the area’s significance in Jesus’ life. The book includes twenty nine photos & maps.
Books on Reconciliation and Conflict
- No Future Without Forgiveness, Desmond Tutu — Archbishop Tutu presents a spirituality of reconciliation and his reflections on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
- Justice and Only Justice, Naim Ateek — Ateek is the director of Sabeel, a Christian Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. Ateek uses Scripture and his family story to articulate a Palestinian liberation theology. It is an incredibly thoughtful reading of the Bible from a Palestinian Christian perspective.
- How Long O Lord?: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Voices from the Ground and Visions for the Future, ed. Maurine Tobin — This book contains outstanding essays from a variety of people engaged in peacemaking in Israel/ Palestine.
- Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, David Shipler — This is a slightly older book, giving a solid account of the cultural differences and racial stereotypes that contribute to the conflict. It won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1987.
- Understanding the Palestinian/ Israeli Conflict: A Primer, Phyllis Bennis — Exactly what it says: a short, concise primer about the core issues of the conflict– easy-to-read and straightforward.
- The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East, Sandy Tolan — Tolan personalizes the conflict by tracing the intersecting narratives of a Palestinian refugee and a Jewish settler who at different times lived in the same house.
Tell Us More
Are you interested in getting involved with our ministries in the Middle East? Do you have an existing ministry or connection? Send your comments to Buck Blanchard.