We had hoped to be writing to you to officially announce the reopening of St. George's College thanks to the very positive success of the Covid-19 vaccination program in Israel. While still hoping for a fall opening, we find ourselves in the midst of a deep conflict, of which I am sure you all are quite aware. I wanted to provide you an update on the current situation (see video) and to reassure you that we in the Cathedral Close and our College Staff are safe.
In the midst of this period of unrest in the Land of the Holy One we can take comfort from the love and grace of God. Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem. We too should weep, not just for this pain, in these times, but for the oppression and destruction which prevails in so many lands. Jew and Palestinian, Israeli, Arab, Christian and Muslim, all have their pain and their fears. Only by listening and seeking to comprehend can we find a way forward that will lead to healing of historic and present hurts. We put ourselves in the gracious arms of God and ask what Christ calls us to do for him in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit. Pray for peace we must, but act for justice, also.
Peace and light,
The Very Rev'd Richard Sewell
Dean, St. George's College Jerusalem