First Day in Israel, 2014

Separation Wall at School in East Jerusalem

Heather and I have recently returned from a (roughly) 10 day trip to Israel and Palestine. Along with the other associate pastor from Sea Island, the three of us lead a group of 29 people through the Holy Land, visiting a number of historical and religious sites along the way. Well, Heather and Jack lead the group, I helped with some of the logistics when we were delayed for two days (Thanks United Airlines). Anyway, it's taken me almost a month to sit down and unpack all the events of the trip. I'm going to try to walk through this trip a day or two at a time, along with pictures and some details. We arrive in Israel on Monday morning and traveled by bus to Tantur, our home base. Tantur is in a wonderful location, overlooking Bethlehem and very close to Jerusalem. When Heather and I traveled to the Holy Land in 2005, we also stayed at Tantur, though they have started catering to more groups than when we were first there. After lunch and a short rest to clean up, we headed out by … [Continue reading...]

Remembering Ralph Davis Jr.

By: Timothy Brown

Late last month, one of the more interesting people in  Beaufort, SC passed away. Ralph Davis Jr. grew up on Wadmalaw Island and then came to the Beaufort area after his service as a fighter pilot in the Korean War. You can read Ralph's obit here. But, what I remember most about Ralph is that he was a storyteller. Ralph was one of the few white folks I've ever met that could speak in perfect Gullah and he loved nothing more than to tell a story using that beautiful, poetic tongue of the Sea Islands. If you've never heard Gullah spoken, you're missing one of the most musical and charming languages. Take a few minutes to watch this video with Queen Quet: Now you have some idea what my friend sounded like when he told stories. So, with that in mind, you should take a few minutes to read this story, written by Ralph last year, and reprinted today by The Beaufort Gazette. You give up a lot not hearing Ralph's tone, inflection, and cadence, but I hope you can see the power of … [Continue reading...]