Book-signing for Michael McRay, author of Letters from Apartheid Street
Book-signing for Michael McRay, author of Letters from Apartheid Street is in the past.
Lipscomb University’s Beaman Library presents
An author talk and book-signing by Lipscomb alumni Michael McRay
Oct. 21, at 3:30 p.m.
Beaman Library, upper level
Refreshments will be served.
Books will be available for purchase.
“Letters from ‘Apartheid Street,’” written by Michael McRay and published by Cascade Books, is a collection of letters sent home while McRay was interning as a member of a Christian Peacemakers team in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Alongside local and international peacemakers, McRay learned how to resist the violence of occupation, sharing in the stories of a suffering people as he struggled to embody the peaceable spirit of the rabbi from Nazareth. This book tells those stories. Drawing on his personal experience with the land and its history, McRay's raw letters home tackle critical issues relevant to peacemakers everywhere: What is really happening in Palestine that mainstream media fails to report? How are Palestinians' lives being affected? How can one be peaceable amidst such violence and oppression? How should Christian discipleship influence one's pursuits of peacemaking and reconciliation? McRay's letters illustrate both the challenge and promise of the cross in today's world.
In his foreword to the book, Lipscomb Bible professor Lee Camp speaks to the struggles and to McRay’s refusal in coming to the easy conclusions.
Lipscomb University alumnus and now adjunct professor Michael McRay has traveled extensively through Europe and the Middle East, visiting Israel and Palestine numerous times, including three trips since 2010. In the summer of 2010, he spent two months working in Bethlehem with the Al-Basma Center for the Developmentally Disabled. In April of 2012, he concluded a three-month stay in the West Bank that included a two-month stint in Hebron with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), doing human rights documentation, accompaniment and nonviolent direct action. It is from this trip that “Letter From 'Apartheid Street'” came into being.
McRay currently works as a volunteer chaplain at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, and hosts a Belfast-originated monthly storytelling event called 10x9 (ten by nine), both inside the prison and in downtown Nashville. In August 2013, he completed his Master of Philosophy in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Studies with Trinity College Dublin at Belfast.