Bible Lands Winter 2013/14

There are two particular features in this issue. Over the last six months we have witnessed the use of chemical weapons and increased suffering in Syria, a growth in the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, further intercommunal violence in Iraq and the military takeover in Egypt. Hope seems sparse. But the editor has taken a powerful prayer by a Jesuit from Syria to set these critical events within a context of prayer and devotion as they are offered to God.

The second theme arises from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to Egypt and Jerusalem and his warm commendation of the works of service to the wider communities made by both dioceses. From Jerusalem we learn about the opening of a Diabetic Clinic in Ramallah and the developments at the Vocational Centre.

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Bishop Hassan’s pastoral staff and pectoral cross

The Bishop of Woolwich, Rt. Revd Michael Ipgrave, has written warmly of one of his most treasured possessions

Technological and Vocational Training Centre (Ramallah)

The Directors gives an update on the success of the VTC highlighting the new IT course, graduates of the Hotel management course and the extra curricular Ballet School

The healing work of eye surgeons continues (Yemen)

Christ Church, Aden a place where "Nothing is impossible – even in Yemen"

Middle East Chaos and Confusion

These extracts from politicians, religious leaders and other thinkers give an idea of the confusing context in which the Anglican church of the Middle East Province is seeking to live its life of devotion to God and public service to the entire...

A Syrian Jesuit Reflects Prayerfully

A Syrian Jesuit asks Jesus to how He would react if he were a thirty year old in Syria today.

Archbishop of Canterbury's Visit

Report on the Archbishop of Canterbury's tour of The Diocese of Egypt and The Diocese of Jerusalem