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Whose (New Zea)land is This Anyway?
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The ancient Maori story goes that a boy called Maui, half-man half-god, really wanted to go fishing, so he hid on board his older brothers’ canoe, called a “waka” in Maori, and only emerged when they were out at sea. He brought a wonderful fishing hook with him, made from the bone of his great grandmother’s jaw, with a sparkly bit of abalone to...

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Hope is a Feathered Thing
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The Peace Camp 2016 in Israel-Palestine has come to an end. I am full to the brim with impressions, feelings and learnings that will take some time to integrate and understand more deeply. And yet, I would like to put words to some of the experiences from out there in the Judean Desert, to share them with you, and let the world know what...

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Jericho Has Not Fallen
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Jericho Has Not Fallen

Apr 29, 2016 by

During the Peace Camp 2016 in Israel/Palestine, I took a half-day trip to Jericho on a mission to experience this part of the Occupied Territories and to find… tea light candles — for the purposes of giving a diminutive pot of eclectic souvenirs to all the participants. And so, the cousin of a local man we bumped into turned up in a yellow taxi...

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Common Ground
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Common Ground

Apr 23, 2016 by

I am lying on the sand and stone of the Judean desert, on top of a foam mattress. It’s too hot to have even the thinnest cover over me. A very bright full moon lights the sky, and insects fill the air with their calls. In the distance, I hear the sounds of the desert highway – the odd car or truck comes rumbling...

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What Is Asked Of Me?
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What Is Asked Of Me?

Sep 11, 2015 by

As I arrive on the first floor of the retreat centre, a renovated ex-monastery, there is a modern single door to my room on the right, and huge double doors of solid dark wood to the chapel straight ahead. A large crucifix hangs overhead. I am at the Madonna Centre in Reimlingen, Germany, for a nine-day International Intensive Training on Non-Violent Communication (NVC), and...

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