New life for the Dead Sea

By BRIAN KAYLOR I swam in the Dead Sea. Well, actually I floated. The water’s quite buoyant. You can easily float on your back. Or you can stand in the water without moving or touching the ground and the water will be at about your chest. It’s a weird...

Take me to the river

By HEIDI SHOTT Canon for Communication and Advocacy Mid-way through my recent journey to Jordan, our band of religion writers arrived at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the site where early believers and pilgrims marked the place of Jesus’ baptism. Many archeological...

Crisis: Saving Only What Matters

By CHRISTIAN PIATT My recent trip to the middle east – specifically the Kingdom of Jordan – was themed “Strong in the Broken Places.” In a region surrounded by such conflict, violence and division, how does Jordan remain a safe haven for citizens, immigrants and...

Journey to Jordan: Trap Eucharist?

By TIMOTHY SCHENCK I thought it might be anticlimactic. I mean, after you’ve celebrated the Eucharist along the banks of the Jordan River near the site of Jesus’s own baptism, coming home to do the same old thing on Sunday morning with the regular crowd...