Left Justified: Can’t visit Grandma—she’s in Palestine

Eighty-two-year-old Adah Manby is on her way to the occupied territories of Israel. She’s traveling with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). Adah will visit Israeli peace activists in Jerusalem and live with Palestinians in Hebron. That’s Hebron in the Bible, where Abraham’s tomb is, where Israeli settlers have taken over houses in the middle of Muslim Hebron.

She’ll stay for three weeks, then return to Rockford and report at a free program, Friday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, Highcrest and North Alpine, Rockford. You, of course, are welcome.

CPT is doing what the United Nations should be doing. They wear little red baseball caps and carry cameras to document what’s going on. CPT has been in Hebron for more than five years, trying to bring peace between Israeli settlers, soldiers and the Palestinians who live there watching their land being taken. Many times these Christians have defused violent situations, sometimes putting their bodies in-between.

Adah Manby will be walking where CPT walks, climbing over barricades, living in refugee camps under threat.

Adah is a Quaker; she belongs to the small Friends Meeting here in Rockford, at 326 N. Avon St. Out of this house have come most of the progressive ideas in Rockford. Adah will be missed at Sunday service: there’s usually less than 12 attending. Adah’s had a long life of activism, and I’ll tell you a little more about her next week.

Please keep Adah in your prayers. Light a candle for her safe return as well as for peace in the Middle East and around the world.

Giving Thanks: I give thanks for all the people who support good causes. We might not be a majority, but at least we’re vocal and sometimes heard.

I give thanks my brother finally found another job after being laid off by Ingersoll Corporation. I pray everyone who wants to work will find it. I’m happy to be with my family this Thanksgiving, and pray for the love and support of all who need a good family; may neighbors and friends provide love to those who need it.

I grieve at the loss of an artistic light in Rockford, Anna O’Halla. Losing anyone so young and vibrant brings pain into the world. May we be strong enough to share pain and overcome it with love.

Boy, am I thankful for the food served Thanksgiving Day. I know I’ll eat too much. Being thankful for our bounty is not enough, for we are called to share with those in need. Please help me, I pray, to share with those who have little to eat, with my neighbor here in Illinois and around the world.

Please have a good Thanksgiving!

Stanley Campbell is executive director of Rockford Urban Ministries and spokesman for Rockford Peace & Justice.

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