Something Broke: An Israeli Soldier’s Journey to Become a Combatant for Peace

“In this country I really love, there’s something seriously wounded that has to be healed. I have to be involved in some way.” It was the Oslo years—“peace time”—and Moran Zamir wondered if he would even need to join the Israeli army (IDF). “There was lots of hope,” he told me, as we sat outside […]

“I Don’t Want Coffee”: On Dignity, Occupation, and Peace

Edward Mabouri* is a well-known man. More importantly, he is well-respected. His successful business has brought him wealth and admiration in Bethlehem society. His business privilege has even allowed him to fly out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, a privilege denied to most every other Palestinian. Despite his aged and limping body, airport security still […]

My Next Three Months: Stories of Reconciliation

Newark Airport – This is the sixth time I’ve done this—leaving the country for three months. Fall of 2008 was my college study abroad in Vienna. In the summer of 2010, I lived in the West Bank volunteering at the Al Basma Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Winter/Spring of 2012, I returned to the West Bank […]

The Platform: A Short (Non)fiction Story on Encountering Ourselves

In the beginning, there was a platform hovering in a vast expanse of void. Endless nothingness surrounded the platform. The only visible light came from the dim lamps glowing along two corridors on either side of the platform. These corridors ran parallel, bridged together by the platform in the middle. The surface of these corridors, […]

Why Tenx9 Storytelling?

This a piece I wrote for the Tokens Show Blog on why I brought Tenx9 to Nashville.  In September 2012, I moved to Northern Ireland to pursue my Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at Trinity College Dublin’s Belfast campus. When I walked out of the Belfast International Airport, a curly-haired, lightly bearded Irishman named […]

Tenx9 Story – On Dementia, Wonder, and Love

I want to share a video of a story I shared last night at the storytelling event I organize and host (Tenx9 Nashville). Our theme was “Love Stories”, and this story talks of witnessing my grandmother’s love as she cares for her dementia-suffering husband after 57 years of marriage.

From Behind the Walls: A Human Being (Almost) Died that Night

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen complications, I have had to remove this series. Apologies for any inconvenience. Michael M.

From Behind the Walls: Encountering Jesus under Lockdown

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen complications, I have had to remove this series. Apologies for any inconvenience. Michael M.

Tenx9 Storytelling

Two weeks from today, I will be launching Tenx9 Nashville, a satellite of Belfast’s popular Tenx9 event. Tenx9 (ten by nine) is a monthly storytelling night where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a real story from their lives. Created by the delightful geniuses Paul Doran and Pádraig Ó Tuama, Tenx9 is not […]

Guest Blog: Richard Hughes – Review of LETTERS FROM ‘APARTHEID STREET’

I am grateful today to be able to post Dr. Richard Hughes’ review of my book that he gave at the Christian Scholars’ Conference here in Nashville.  Richard Hughes is the director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. His books include Myths America Lives By and Christian […]