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UPPC Peacemaking Pilgrimage Oct. 2022

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Jerusalem 10 DAYS
TUE 25 OCT 2022 - THU 3 NOV (UTC+02:00)
Register before 12 Aug 22 to hold your spot

Overview

Join the Telos Group on a unique pilgrimage to the Holy Land exploring the Christian faith in the Israeli-Palestinian context.
On this delegation, we will hear from a wide spectrum of voices across Israeli and Palestinian society. We will visit ancient holy sites as well as experience the vastly different realities of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities in the midst of a conflict zone, and how those differences present both opportunities and obstacles for peacemaking. We will also enjoy service opportunities alongside Israeli and Palestinian counterparts, giving participants an opportunity to build new relationships and experience the deep faith and vibrant cultures of the people in the Holy Land.
 

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Welcome Dinner

The first night as a group to enjoy a meal and get to know each other. 

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Telos Historical Briefing

In order to get the most out of meetings with different speakers during the trip, we'll delve into 2 hours of history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

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Mt of Olives to Gethsemane

We'll walk down the Mt of Olives stopping along the way for teachings and bible readings, and will finish at the garden of Gethsemane.

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Old City Tour

We'll have a guided tour of the Christian quarter in the old city of Jerusalem. 

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Dinner with Israeli Guests

We'll be joined by Israelis from different sectors of civil society to converse over dinner in Jerusalem. 

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Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

We'll have a guided tour of Israel's Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem.

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Meeting with Former Israeli Security Personel

The group will meet with former personnel from the Israeli army and hear their perspective on Israel's security situation and conflict resolution.

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Western Wall at Sunset

We'll visit the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism at sunset where people from far and wide come to pray as the sabbath begins. 

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Shabbat dinner with a Jewish family

The group will be welcomed into a local Jewish family's home to share a Shabbat meal. 

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Dead Sea

Location : Dead Sea, Israel

We will get a chance to relax and float in the Dead Sea. 

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Meeting with Muslim Cleric

We'll have the opportunity to meet a Muslim Palestinian to discuss their faith and perspectives on the Holy Land.  

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Bethlehem Bible College

Location : Bethlehem

We'll meet with an Evangelical Palestinian Reverend at the Bethlehem Bible College and have a chance for some gift shopping.

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Lunch in Palestinian Refugee Camp

Location : Bethlehem

We'll meet with a Palestinian refugee who will give us a walking tour of the refugee camp. 

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Brewery Tour

We'll visit a Palestinian brewery to hear their story and taste some delicious beer. 

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Banksy hotel

Location : Bethlehem

We'll walk along the wall and stop by "The Walled Off Hotel", created by the famous British street artist Banksy. 

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Palestinian Sustainable Farm

We'll visit a Palestinian Farm called "Tent of Nations" and hear from the family about their approach to non-violence and peacemaking. 

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Dinner with a Muslim family

We'll be welcomed into the home of a local Muslim family to share stories and experiences over a homemade Palestinian dinner. 

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Visit Israeli Settlement

We'll have the chance to visit an Israeli settlement and engage with this controversial perspective at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

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Church of Nativity

Location : Bethlehem

We'll visit the Church of Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem. 

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Visit a Kibbutz

Location : Tiberias, Israel

We will visit a traditional Israeli Kibbutz and learn about the pioneers of the Zionist movement. 

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Nazareth Market Tour

Location : Nazareth, Israel

A local guide will take us on a tour of the sights and smells of the market - with stops at a family spice shop, ancient Synagogue and the Church of Annunciation. 

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Mt of Beatitudes

We'll visit the serene Mt of Beatitudes and read the Sermon on the Mount.

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Visit Sindiyanna

We'll be welcomed at Sindiyanna, an Arab-Jewish joint women's co-op where we will share a homemade meal and hear the stories of the local women. 

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Capernaum

With a local guide we'll visit the ancient synagogues of Capernaum.

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Magdala

Location : Migdal, Israel

With our local guide we'll continue to visit the archelogical site of Magdala on the Sea of Galilee. 

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Boat ride on Sea of Galilee

Later in the afternoon we'll take a relaxing boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. 

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Visit Israeli community near Gaza border

We will visit an Israeli community close to the Gaza border and learn about the situation on both sides of the conflict. 

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Dinner with Israeli civil society

Location : Tel Aviv, Israel

After our arrival in Tel Aviv, we'll share a dinner with Israeli guests from different areas of civil society. This is a great chance to get to know locals and ask questions about their perspectives. 

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Parent's Circle

Our last meeting of the trip will be with the Parent's Circle, a joint organization of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents who have lost a direct family member to the violence of the conflict.  

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Processing & Wrap up

We'll take some time as a group to reflect on our experiences and wrap up the trip. 

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Farewell dinner

We'll share a final farewell dinner together on our last evening.

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