On my trip to Lebanon I was privileged to hear the Ambassador from the Vatican–who my excellent book on the American Foreign Service calls the “nuncio of the Holy See”–speak to a group of high school students from schools run by the Al-Mukasad foundation.
The Pope was encouraging people to live in peace; nowhere [...]
Photos from our trip to where many, including Pope John Paul II, think Jesus was baptized.
The foundations of the church that was built where people figured Jesus was baptized, hundreds of years after the fact.
Jordanian Army guard staring at Israeli side of the Jordan River
Quite a few churches built [...]
For every major trip I take, I choose a theme for my Inspirational Quotes. For my trip to the Middle East, I chose “hymns that mention the River Jordan.” This is not because my trip was a religious pilgrimage–though I did see the place where the Pope said Jesus was baptized and where many folks [...]
I attended a prayer today while visiting a partner anti-human trafficking organization. Every day at 11am, everyone in this organization stops their work, walks to a room, sits down in chairs, listens to others ask for prayers and everyone prays for them.
They were kind enough to let me and two of my colleagues join [...]
A lot of folks have just started college and I don’t think they should have to wait 4 years to hear great advice on how to live. So here are my 3 favorite speeches for graduation:
Anne Lamott’s speech at the 2003 Berkeley graduation, “Let Us Commence.”
For other sources of hints on how to [...]