The Story Behind “Holy Land”

I will be holding 2 talks about the book Holy Land, published in 2012.

As with publishing the book, this is something that I’d prefer never have to do. However, the recent carnage in Gaza has reminded me that there’s still much to do, if we are to find Peace in the land flowing with milk and honey.

The 1st one will be held in HK Readers on 31-Aug (Sun) at 3pm.

The 2nd one will be held in ACO on 6-Sep (Sat), also at 3pm.

Both talks will share the same message and be conducted in Cantonese.

Special thanks to HK Readers and ACO for making available their venues, they’re also the first bookshops to carry the book. Thanks also to 1908 Bookstore and Kubrick for providing shelf space early in the book’s days.

The book is currently available through Red Publish and Google Play as well.

The proceeds of the book are to be donated to the peacemakers in Palestine/Israel after deducting the production cost. The first donation has been made to Moriel Rothman, who contributed the first writing in the book−Detangling the Holocaust from Israeli-Palestinian Politics−and is an avid activist for a just peace in Israel/Palestine.

I’m not sure if there will be a second donation because, frankly, the sales has been very so-so. On the other hand, as long as the book can help raise the awareness for the prospect of peace in that particular piece of land, however little, my heart shall suffice.

“Holy Land” in Gaza, taken by Donna West.

Update 2016-Oct-09: The book is now also available through iTunes.

Israel & Palestine from a Distance

Photo: ESA

A friend from northern Israel told me a few days ago, except that the air siren sounded a couple of times in the first days of the war, life had mostly been okay, and the co-workers who had been drafted were returning to work.

Another friend in Gaza, with whom I was able to communicate intermittently, told me in the early days of the fighting he was used to the air raids. Later on when the bombing became more and more intense, anxiety and fear began to show between the lines. Lately I was able to confirm his safety, but he lost his niece, and a relative’s house was destroyed.

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Good Friday

Living and loving God, teach us and help us to reflect once again on what Jesus’ suffering and death mean to our lives and our world. Give us new hope, we ask it in your name. Amen.
– Bulletin of the Good Friday Service, Kowloon Union Church

Memorial candles, Jerusalem.

Welcome, 2013

So, the world didn’t end last month, tomorrows are still coming, life’s grace and sorrows continue to accompany us.

And as Christians, our missionary purpose and duty have not yet been completed.

Therefore, let us with God’s grace, charity and love, continue to serve in humility.

Shepherd’s Field, Greek Orthodox, Beit Sahour, Palestine.

Collision off Lamma

Last night, two ferries collided off Lamma Island, Hong Kong. One of the boats, carrying over 100 people on the way to watch the National Day fireworks display, sank immediately with its passengers aboard.

36 have been confirmed dead, and rescue operations are still under way.

Update on 4-Oct: The death toll has risen to 38, and flags flew at half mast starting today to mark the start of a 3-day mourning.

Update on 6-Oct: A 10-year old girl passed away yesterday, the rest of the hospitalized are said to be in stable conditions.