Brian McLaren and a group of artists and writers recently visited Israel and Palestine. I was able to meet McLaren in Bethlehem. We have been occasionally corresponding since last summer, discussing a documentary some friends of mine and I will begin filming in a month and a possible meeting with him when he came here. Unfortunately we only had about five minutes to visit when we actually met face-to-face.
McLaren has written fairly extensively about the Middle East, and has handled it exceptionally well. However, some of the comments on his recent posts have been less than cordial, and less than equitable. Which isn't unexpected at all. McLaren has responded to these tirades with extreme humility, clarity, and assertiveness. I have a great amount of respect for the careful way in which he dealt with such volatile conversations.
You can check it out here: http://www.brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/responses-to-my-palestine-posts.html