PILGRIMAGE IN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
We have listed upcoming and completed Presbyterian trips that strive to balance several elements of faithful pilgrimage. You might find these useful if you're interested in joining one or want to be inspired by what other Presbyterians are doing.
We are called to be witnesses to and for peace in the Holy Land. In faithful and hope-filled response, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s Mosaic of Peace conference invites Presbyterians to experience this remarkable and troubled region, encounter its diverse people, explore its rich history and complex current situation, and engage with those who seek its peace.
As participants in the conference, individuals will be:
INSPIRED by the stories of Christian peacemakers in the Holy Land, walk in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace and encounter contemporary Palestinians and Israelis;
EQUIPPED by engagement with Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders, experience contextual theology and study peacemaking practices within the framework of PCUSA policy;
CONNECTED with global and local partners to take meaningful action for a just and lasting peace in the region.
APPLICATIONS – Applications are available on this website and will be accepted while space is available.. Notification and commitment packets will be sent on or after November 1, 2015. First-time visitors to the Holy Land are encouraged to attend. Previous conference participants and seasoned travelers to the region are welcome as well. Must be 18 years old.
COST - The double-occupancy rate for the conference is $2,600. This includes all conference expenses (including all meals, accommodations, programs, tips, tours, and on the ground transportation). Airline travel is not included. Limited single occupancy is available for an additional charge.
See also here for IPMN Sponsored trips.
April 23-May 4, 2013 Led by Rev. Dr. Jay Click and Rev. Susan WilderGrace Presbyterian Church, Springfield, VAWe invite you to join our upcoming tour, “Walking Holy Ground: Pilgrimage and Study Tour to Israel and the West Bank,” Pilgrims will walk in the footsteps of Jesus, visiting sites in the Galilee, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
June15 -‐ 29, 2013 - Abraham’s Children in Contemporary Israel and PalestineCo-sponsored by the Siraj Center (Palestine) and The Middle East Task Force of Chicago, PC(USA)Co-‐Leaders: Dr. Pauline Coffman and Dr. Paul Parker The trip is designed to allow Israeli Jews to tell their stories and then to follow the Jewish narratives with Christian and Muslim Palestinian experiences, and finally the Samaritan, Druze, and Baha'i.
October 12-27, 2012: Keep Hope Alive - Holy Land Olive Harvest Trip, Feb 2012. The Rev. Will McGarvey, pastor of the Community Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg, CA, lead this Keep Hope Alive trip. Experienced Palestinian hospitality first hand and participated with over 100 internationals from 15 countries in picking olives in orchards threatened by illegal settlers, while also having the chance to see historical and Holy Sites.
Jan 2-11, 2012: Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem Led by IPMN members Polly and Dave Johnson - stay in Bethlehem and Nazareth and attend Orthodox Christmas services, visit historical/holy sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Hebron, and Nazareth and along the Mediterranean Coast - talk to Israeli and Palestinian peace and justice groups. more info here.
Oct 31-Nov 12, 2010 Steadfast Hope Trip: People & Places of the Holy Land - Offered by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA)
November 2-11, 2009. Bethlehem. Sponsored by the Presbytery of the Ohio Valley in partnership with the International Center of Bethlehem.Congressional Accompaniment Project. A Presbyterian-initiatied educational travel program.
November 2-15, 2009. Sarasota Peace Witness. First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota.
November 2-20, 2009. Middle East Traveling Seminar. Sponsored by the Middle East Task Force of the Chicago Presbytery.
August 8-18, 2009. Congressional Accompaniment Project. A Presbyterian-initiated travel program.
May 5-19, 2009. Pilgrimage of Discovery: Diverse Voices for Peace in the Holy Land. Sponsored by the Middle East Work Group (MEWG) of the Social Justice & Peacemaking Ministry Team of the Presbytery of Detroit.More about trips at Detroit Holy Land Pilgrims blog.
April 26-May 5, 2006. PC(USA) 2006 Travel/Study Seminar.