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November 2017 GrayTones Newsletter
A License to Drive

By Ben Gray Driving in Palestine and Israel offers a whole host of unique challenges… drivers make their own lanes, one-way streets are only suggestions, sidewalks are fair game for cars and roads are fair game for pedestrians, horns start

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One Year in Jerusalem: A Time for Everything

By Adrainne Gray On August 10, we celebrated one year since our deployment to Jerusalem/Palestine. What a year! The four of us think back on our ministry and life here and do not regret the day we decided to say

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A Diaconal Message for the Consecration of Adrainne Gray

September 17, 2017 – Greetings to The Right Bishop Munib Younan, The Bishop-Elect Ibrahim Azar, The Propst Wolfgang Schmidt, and esteemed Reverends, Deacons, and the Good People of God. Thank you for your presence. *** In 2012, my father, who had been

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I Don’t Like Gates: A Sermon on Divine Enclosure

Sermon for Sunday 07 May 2017 Fourth Sunday in Easter Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem John 10:1-10 Hallelujah, He is Risen! I don’t like gates, enclosures, pens, fences, walls. I never have. It’s part of the reason I felt

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Missionaries of Color: Loss or Gain?

How I, an African-American, reconcile going abroad when there is work to be done at home. By Adrainne Gray Most people called into missions or humanitarian work will have to sacrifice or leave behind something. Typically those sacrifices are comforts

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In 2017, Will We Let Extremists Win?

Reblogged this from Robertowensmith.wordpress.com and commented: “Once sufficiently integrated, religious extremism cannot be defeated either diplomatically or militarily. It must be countered theologically. This is work beyond the proper boundaries of the state.” Thank you Prof.Smith for the brief seminar

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Our First Christmas in the Holy Land
Absentee Ballots, Voting Abroad

By Ben Gray Ahhh, the right and privilege to vote. That most basic civic duty takes on a whole new meaning when you live abroad. Up until this year, the most adversity I ever had to go through to cast

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The Condition of Black America: Explained to an Orthodox Jew

  By Adrainne Gray This young, unmarried Orthodox Jewish woman curiously stopped us on the streets during Yom Kippur when the streets are closed off to traffic and Jews go between home and synagogue praying all day for repentance of

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