The opening ceremonies, which include Eucharist and reception, gathering followed by dinner and orientation all start shortly. There have been other class members arriving last night and today. So far I have met a guy from Kansas, a couple from Colorado, and a woman from Holy Trinity, Bowie. Go figure. Plus there are about a dozen people who are Maoris from New Zealand. It will be fun to meet the rest of my fellow students later.
Unfortunately there has been another incidence of violence in the city and more tension at the Temple Mount. The psalmists’ words “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” are sadly as relevant as they ever have been.