Entries by Emma Wright

An Excerpt from LOVE in a TIME of CORONA

The arrival board at Muscat Airport reports that the Biman Airlines flight arrived at 00:45 from Dhaka, Bangladesh.  “Bags are on the belt,” displays the automated sign board.  Then it changes to “Bags are delivered.” I tell Gary Brown that I am going to get a espresso shot at Café Nero.  It shouldn’t be too […]

Video: Fireside Chat with Mohammed and Jeff

While our regular programs are suspended due to coronavirus, Al Amana Centre is introducing weekly Fireside Chats. These 1-hour conversations are streamed on Facebook Live each Sunday at 8pm GST (12PM EST). Each week we welcome a different guest from our community here in Oman. Our second episode featured Mohammed Alshuaili, long-time friend and Arabic […]

Dialogue and Change

Last week, I took a taxi to go to Casa Blue Café to watch a football game on the big screen. I got to talking with the driver, trying to make small talk with my newly learned Arabic. He asked me what it is I do in Oman. I paused to think. How do I […]

Video: Fireside Chat with Shah and Justin

While our regular programs are suspended due to coronavirus, Al Amana Centre is introducing weekly Fireside Chats. These 1-hour conversations are streamed on Facebook Live each Sunday at 8pm GST (12PM EST). Each week we welcome a different guest from our community here in Oman. Our first episode was last night and featured a beloved […]

Holy Cross-roads: Looking both ways

Earlier this month, Al Amana Centre hosted students from University of Notre Dame in Indiana and University of Notre Dame Bangladesh together for a program called “Holy Crossroads.” For one week, the students engaged in interfaith dialogue, cross-cultural sharing, and experiential learning. The following blog post was sent to us by one of the participants […]

Reconciliation in the Age of COVID-19

Currently, Oman, like many other countries, is experiencing measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our schools, mosques, churches, and parks are closed. Entry into the country is very limited, and those coming in will be quarantined. People are encouraged to not go out and interact in anything more than small groups. Driving around […]

New to Oman – Opening a door to unknown

I want to start my description of my arrival to Oman by expressing thankfulness. As I’m collecting my thoughts about my first impression of the country while taking a sip of Karak tea, that I managed to order in Arabic from a coffee shop nearby, I’m just overall thankful for this unique possibility to volunteer […]