Tantur Ecumenical Institute: First Quarter 2014 newsletter
Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem posts newsletter
Winter is a comparatively short affair in the Holy Land, although sitting in our stone building on our breezy hilltop, it always seems to come a little earlier and leave later than in the rest of the country. Since our early winter storm that seemed to herald the start of a wet winter, we’ve had the cold, but almost no precipitation to speak of. Should it not rain in these final weeks of late winter and early spring, we are fortunate enough at Tantur to have our own cisterns, meaning that water will be less of an issue for us than in other parts of the region, but we live in the hope that some much-needed moisture will still come from the heavens. This early March, all of the Christian churches began preparations for Easter on the same date (April 20th). It is an occurrence that comes once every three years, one that, like the rain, is always looked for and sorely missed in its absence. May both rain and Easter find us here at Tantur in due time, in due course.