In honor of the U.N.’s International Day of Peace and Timbuk2’s call for customers to display what they carry in their bags, here is this week’s traveling library:

New Evangelical Manifesto: A Kingdom Vision for the Common Good. David P. Gushee, editor. Chalice Press, 2012.

Peace and the Limits of War: Transcending the Classical Conception of Jihad. Louay M. Safi. International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2001.

Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe. Erica Brown. Koren, 2012. (For more on Return, see Teshuva in a Half an Inch of Water.)

Other items in the bag, FWIW, include (top left to bottom right, more or less):

  • travel mug (Port City Java), hard-boiled egg, emergency protein bars and empty Starbucks bags, good for free cups of coffee;
  • shopping bag and umbrella;
  • zippered bag for wallet, checkbook, Jewish calendar, mini-siddur [prayerbook], and keys;
  • embroidered bag for tissues, more cough drops, etc.;
  • datebook, reporter’s notebook and pens, mini emergency notebook;
  • prayer book and a kippa [Jewish head covering], as well as a scarf (for cool weather and/or covering for Muslim prayer events)
  • medication, handkerchief, cough drop, hairbrush, eye drops;
  • laptop and portable political message board.

May greater inter-religious understanding contribute to sustainable peace.

Posted by vspatz

Virginia blogs on Jewish topics at "A Song Every Day" and manages the Education Town Hall and #WeLuvBooks sites. More at

One Comment

  1. What a coincidence that you have PCJ coffee mug…I just happened to stumble on your photo on the site. I’m from Wilmington (THE Port City!) and love the place. I visited DC in January and made sure to venture to the PCJ on Capitol Hill…it was strange (but awesome!) to visit my home coffee shop outside of NC! Cheers :)


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