Deborah Risa Mrantz






digital laminate to aluminum   


Micah 4:3  Isaiah 2:4


Covenantal peoples in Abrahamic faith have our source in an ancestral home of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. Nations issuing from Abraham’s tent where Ishmael emerges as a first other, split the seam of this household, forced into different directions. From a seminal moment the lingua franca of nations becomes difference instead of dialogue. And fifty-plus centuries later we’re newly exploring—traveling back on biblical roads with Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, Isaac and Ishmael—to find a return to common ground. 


A new tabernacle, one of restorative justice and reclamation gives us into shared embrace. More than merely tolerating other, we live authentically experiencing Abraham’s hospitality, love for God and caring for others–recognizing and reconciling angels we’ve entertained unaware. Only here can we be spiritually poised in God’s heart, genuinely able to say, Nation will not lift up sword against nation. Neither will they again learn war.









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