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A Peacemaker's Pilgrimage with UPPC

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Jerusalem, Israel 11 DAYS
SAT 15 JAN 2022 - TUE 25 JAN (UTC+02:00)
Register before 20 Dec 21 to hold your spot

Overview

Join UPPC 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. In coordination with your group leaders we are also able create 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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Travel to Tel Aviv

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Welcome Dinner

Location : Tiberias, Israel

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

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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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Peter's Primacy

Location : Sea of Galilee

We'll stop at Peter's Primacy to dip our feet in the Sea of Galilee. 

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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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Baptisms in the Sea of Galilee

Location : Sea of Galilee

We'll finish our first day on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where those that would like to be baptized can go in and do so. 

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Telos Historical Briefing

Location : Nazareth, Israel

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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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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Meet with Christian Leaders

Location : Nazareth, Israel

We will take the time to meet with a local Christian leader and hear their perspective on life in Israel and the most pressing social and political issues. 

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Telos Historical Briefing - PT 2

Location : Nazareth, Israel

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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Visit at Jacob's Well

Location : Nablus

We'll visit Jacob's Well where Jesus met the Samaritan woman to reveal how we should engage with the 'other'.

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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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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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Meet with Palestinian Pastor

Location : Bethlehem

We'll meet with an Evangelical Palestinian Reverend in Bethlehem and have a chance for some gift shopping.

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Visit Israeli Settlement

Location : Shiloh

We'll have the chance to visit an Israeli settlement and hear their story. 

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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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Old City Tour Jerusalem

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

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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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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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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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Palestinian Sustainable Farm

We'll visit a Palestinian sustainable farm and hear from the family about their approach to non-violence and peacemaking. 

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Machne Yehuda Market with Lunch

We'll get a taste of West Jerusalem with a stroll through the bustling Machne Yehuda Market. We will grab a quick lunch and have an opportunity for folks to wander and shop.

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Kuchinate African Refugee Cooperative

Location : Tel Aviv, Israel

We will visit a Women's Basket Weaving Cooperative where African women living in Israel will share their story of refuge with us. 

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Meet with Palestinian Citizens of Israel

Location : Jaffa
We'll take some time to meet with a community that is often ignored but plays a central role in the Israeli/Palestinian politics. The Palestinian citizens of Israel make up about 20% of Israeli citizenry but often find themselves in precarious circumstances in the ongoing conflict. 
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Meeting with Other Voice

Meeting with Israeli peace activist in a small 'Moshav' or farming community in Southern Israel. 
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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.  

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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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Travel to U.S

Location : Tel Aviv, Israel

For those of you that will not be extending your trip into Jordan, please book your return flights for January 24th. 

 

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Add-on +US$1,150

Jordan Extension - Per Person in Double

Register by 3 Dec 2021
Location : Jordan

Take the opportunity to visit nearby Jordan and one of the seven wonders of the world at Petra. We will transfer to the Jordan border crossing by bus, and then make our way to Wadi Musa in Jordan. The next day we will visit Petra with a short ride on camel back through the desert and end with some bedouin hospitality in the desert. 

Finally we will make our way back towards Israel, but first we will make a few stops at Mt Nebo and a refugee camp run by a partner organization for Palestinians, Syrians and Iraqis to learn about how the region's instability has affected all these nations as well as the challenges faces by Jordan as the host country. 

We will be leaving Jordan back to Tel Aviv for late night departures on the night of January 27th. 

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Add-on +US$1,400

Jordan Extension - Single Room Accommodation

Register by 3 Dec 2021
Location : Petra, Jordan
If you would like a single room during the Jordan extension, please choose this option. 
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Departure Flights

Price : Please make sure to book your flights for the night of January 27th if you are staying for the extension
Location : Amman, Jordan
Departure back home for those that had stayed for the Jordan extension on the night of January 27th from Amman, Jordan. 
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