Killing the Buddha

Syrian Refugees in Jordan

When I first traveled to Jordan in 2007 for ten days as part of a contingency of religion writers, I  became aware of how Jordan became a place of welcome for refugees. Over 45 percent of Jordan’s population of 6,508,887 consists of people who have immigrated from another country. During the Iraq War, they extended their hospitality…

Al Dayr (the monastery) at Petra awaits those pilgrims who climb 800 steps, either on foot or via donkey.

The Pilgrimage That Wasn’t

In reflecting on the images I captured during my two press trips to Jordan, one this fall, and one in 2007, a sharp contrast emerged. Five years ago, I traveled with a contingency of mostly Catholic and Anabaptist journalists to Jordan during the month of Ramadan.  Then in September 2012, I returned to the Holy…