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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

East London Three Faiths Forum Tour of the Holy Land: Reports

In summing up the East London Three Faiths Forum Tour of the Holy Land, I wrote:

The word that has been on everyone's lips has been 'memorable' and that was certainly how it felt for me. The mix of sites from our scriptures and subsequent histories combined with the experience of the current political and cultural situation was fascinating and opened up many new perspectives for future reflection. To have these experiences with a group of people committed to their beliefs but seeking to understand and appreciate that of others was often deeply moving. For me it reinforced a sense that God is often to be found less in the basic tenets of our faiths and more in the stories we tell from our scriptures and the ensuing discussion and debate as we seek to ascertain what those stories might be saying to us, for us and in us.


Sheva - The Prophets Dance.

East London Three Faiths Forum Tour of the Holy Land: Day 7

Our Tour ended at Yad Vashem where among the various quotations and installations was an excerpt from the book The Last of the Just by Andre Schwarz-Bart. As a result of this visit I wrote the following poem which I present in a similar collaged style to the excerpt from The Last of the Just:

Clouds mass. And praised. Over Yad Vashem. Be. Last stop. The Lord. Of Tour. And praised. End of. Be. Dry season. The Lord. Rain falls. And praised. Lightning flashes. Be. God cries. The Lord. Real tears. Amen.


John Williams & Itzhak Perlman - Schindler's List Theme.