Michael McRay will discuss and read excerpts from his book, Letters from Apartheid Street: A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine, at 7 pm on Tuesday 26 March at St Oliver Plunkett in Lenadoon, Belfast. The event is titled, ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers,’ and will include a question and response session. Letters from Apartheid Street will be published in May by Cascade Books.
McRay travelled to Palestine for three months last year as part of a Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT), and the book is based on his observations and reflections on that experience. McRay, who grew up in Tennessee, is currently a student on the Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at the Belfast campus of the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.
In the interview below, Dr Gladys Ganiel (coordinator of the Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation) asks Michael a few questions about his time with CPT, and what prompted him to write the book. The interview also includes Michael reading two stories from the book, both of which detail encounters with Israeli soldiers.