Dear President Father Dennis Dease: This letter concerns the December 2, 2008, St. Thomas-hosted forum entitled “Healing Wounds and Building Bridges: An Interfaith Dialogue on Peace in the Holy Land”. The forum was advertised as “an attempt to encourage mutual understanding and peace-making” concerning “the controversial Israeli-Palestinian situation.” Reportedly, it was intended as a reconciliation gesture following the 2007 controversy when Desmond Tutu’s invitation to speak at St. Thomas was rescinded because of honest and realistic statements he had made concerning Israeli policy.
By Chuck Lutz, Engage Minnesota In all 3 Abrahamic faith traditions, much of the peace attention focuses on Jerusalem, the holy city. Its name can be translated “city of peace,” salem being a form of salaam/shalom. Christians have just begun the annual season of watching and waiting for the coming of the prophet of peace.