Reflections

October 3, 2018

"If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! 

But now they are hidden from your eyes." (Luke 19:42)

I was born and lived all my life in Ramallah, Palestine -one of the beautiful summer resorts in the Jerusalem mountain range. It is o...

January 18, 2018

As we begin a new year, may we do so with a prayer of renewal on our hearts. May we seek to discern the activity of the Holy Spirit in all places where God’s love is made manifest. And in doing so may we become energetic participants, guided by the hope of a world reco...

August 28, 2017

Jean Zaru began her volunteer service as Clerk of Ramallah Friends Meeting in 1987. Prior to responding to this leading she was president of the YWCA Jerusalem and vice-president of the World YWCA, as well as a teacher of religion & ethics at the Ramallah Friends Schoo...

August 28, 2017

Everyone who has come to the Friends Meeting in Ramallah feels it: the stories in the stones; the echoes of ministries spoken and lived out daily; the certainty of refuge in times of fear; and the courage of resistance embedded in the very walls.

Friends also have many...

March 31, 2017

The affirmation of the indwelling of the divine is a part of all religions. “The kingdom of God is within you,” said Jesus. “You are the temple of God,” wrote Saint Paul. “He who knows himself, knows God,” said The Prophet Muhammed. So too, has this affirmation been ec...

March 27, 2017

The first day of spring was marked last week and in Palestine, as well as many other places around the world, Mother’s Day was also celebrated. When I think of mothers, I think of the many women I have known in my lifetime who have been led to the truth and who have, i...

March 17, 2017

While seeking opens us to the possibily of transformation and the reign of God, it also most certainly involves risk. 

In the book of James, we are reminded: "..do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice." (1:22)  

Putting it i...

March 10, 2017

The way of Jesus calls us back to a posture of seeking. We are invited to seek the spiritual fortitfude to re-root ourselves (over and over again) in the radical Gospel stories of nonviolence. We are invited to realize the reign of God on earth today, and each and ever...