On this unique pilgrimage to the Holy Land we will both walk in the footsteps of Jesus and endeavor to walk where he would walk today as we explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the posture of peacemakers. 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 learn from those doing the work of justice, healing and reconciliation and learn how to better embrace Jesus' call to be peacemakers in our own discipleship journey.
Mark Fox is serving as Restoration's parish coordinator for this unique pilgrimage. Our friend Todd Deatherage, co-founder of Telos and Resto parishioner, will lead the trip.
Arrrival and Check-in Nazareth
We'll arrive and check in to our hotel in Nazareth.
The first night we will get to know each other and enjoy the best of the delicious local cuisine.
Boat ride on Sea of Galilee
Later in the afternoon we'll take a relaxing boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
Mt of Beatitudes
We'll visit the serene Mt of Beatitudes and read the Sermon on the Mount.
With a local guide we'll visit the ancient synagogues of Capernaum.
With our local guide we'll continue to visit the archelogical site of Magdala on the Sea of Galilee.
Dinner with local Christian leaders
We'll invite local Christian leaders from the area to meet with the group and share their experiences of living in the holy land.
Telos Historical Briefing
Whether you're an expert on the Israel/Palestine or you're new to this topic, we'll spend some time exploring a multi-narrative history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to ground us for the upcoming experiences throughout the trip.
Nazareth Market Tour
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.
Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
We'll visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial and take a guided tour with a local Israeli in order to better understand this dark period of history and the important role Holocaust trauma plays in Jewish Israeli society today.
Arrival and Check-in Jerusalem
We'll arrive in Jerusalem and check in to our hotel.
Processing time with Telos staff
Israeli settlement visit
Israeli settlements are a controversial topic in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We'll discuss the recent political history of settlements and then visit an Israeli settlement to better understand the perspectives of these communities.
Tour Palestinian Brewery
We'll visit a Palestinian brewery to hear their story and taste some delicious beer.
Dinner with Israeli civil society
We'll share a dinner with Israeli guests from different areas of civil society projects. This is a great chance to get to know locals and ask questions about their perspectives.
Church of Nativity
We'll have a guided tour with a local Bethlehemite to the Church of Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem.
Palestinian Refugee Camp
We'll meet with a Palestinian refugee who will give us a walking tour of the refugee camp.
Bethlehem Bible College
We'll meet with an Evangelical Palestinian Reverend at the Bethlehem Bible College and have a chance for some gift shopping.
Old City Tour
A local Jerusalemite will guide us through the magical old city of Jerusalem, sharing the history and stories of the different people that have inhabited this holy place. On the tour we will visit many beautiful and interesting places including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian quarter.
Western Wall at Sunset
We'll visit the Western Wall which is the holiest site in Judaism due to it's proximity to Temple Mount. On Friday night at sunset, we'll experience groups of Jews coming to pray, sing and dance at the wall to welcome in the Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest).
Shabbat dinner with a Jewish family
The group will be welcomed into a local Jewish family's home to share a Shabbat meal.
Meeting with A Muslim Cleric
We'll have the opportunity to meet a Muslim Palestinian to discuss their faith and perspectives on the Holy Land.
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.
Palestinian Sustainable Farm
We'll visit a Palestinian sustainable farm and hear from the family about their approach to peacemaking despite facing a difficult political situation.
Arrival and Check-in Tel Aviv
We'll arrive at our final hotel in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and check in.
Israeli community on Gaza border
Israeli security experts
Meeting with Bereaved Parents
Our last meeting of the trip will be with a joint organization of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents who have lost a direct family member to the violence of the conflict and have chosen another path, one of reconciliation and forgiveness as opposed to revenge and violence.
Processing & Wrap up
We'll take some time as a group to reflect on our experiences and wrap up the trip.
We'll share a final farewell dinner together on our last evening.