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.
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.
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.
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).
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.