Hope for the Holy Land Tour Starts Today

What’s the situation on the ground in the Holy Land today? What challenges need to be overcome? How are Palestinians and Israelis working to improve the situation for both peoples? How can Christians be peacemakers and reconcilers in the midst of this situation?

Mae Elise Cannon of World Vision, Sami Awad, executive director of Holy Land Trust, and Lynne Hybels, one of the founders of Willow Creek Church in Chicago, have teamed up to address these important questions and more as part of the Hope for the Holy Land tour, which starts today at Vineyard Columbus in Columbus, OH, and runs through September 30.

According to the brochure, the team is “Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Peace, Pro-Justice, and Pro-Jesus,” interested in promoting “a sustainable Christian Church in the Holy Land,” and seeks “to improve the lives of children and communities.” This tour provides an excellent opportunity to hear voices of nonviolence, hope, and peace during Global Voices of Nonviolence (GVON), and to learn how you can be part of the solution.

In addition to Columbus, OH, the tour will stop at locations in the Twin Cities (Minnesota); Troy, MI; Barrington, IL; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; and Wheaton, IL. For details, refer to the Hope for the Holy Land brochure (PDF file), VoicesofNonviolence.org events calendar, and the specific venue websites.


Uncommon Hospitality in the Midst of Unthinkable Tragedy

The following excerpt is from the article September 11th and the Hospitable People of Gander, Newfoundland by Ethan Trex. Read the article in its entirety on MentalFloss.com.

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks, our Canadian neighbors sprang into action to help clear American airspace of any other potentially dangerous flights. The action was known as Operation Yellow Ribbon, and in those uncertain first hours after the attacks, it was hugely helpful. The mission also made a tiny town in Newfoundland world famous for its hospitality.

Canadian authorities began diverting flights heading into the U.S. to various locations around Canada to help neutralize any lingering threats, but the task was a tricky one. It wouldn’t have made much sense to pull flights away from American airspace only to route them to Canada’s major centers, so the ideal landing spots for these planes would be relatively remote while also having a large enough airport to accommodate all the traffic.

As luck would have it, Canada had just such an airport in Gander, Newfoundland.

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/99729