It is easy to join the shouting, to choose sides, and to allow political stances, religious ideologies, or even the simple reality of the evident pain to determine our actions. But it is my conviction that our role is not to fill the space [opened by Jesus’ tomb] with more noise and unhelpful actions, but to hold the space prayerfully and to listen to the history and the narratives of all the peoples in this land. There is no unwounded participant in this conflict.”
— Alex Joyner, A Space for Peace in the Holy Land: Listening to Modern Israel & Palestine
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Day 1 Depart New York for Tel Aviv
Begin your pilgrimage as you board your overnight flight for Israel.
Day 2 Airport Transfer
Our representative will greet you at the airport in Tel Aviv and assist you to your bus. Enjoy a drive through the countryside to Bethlehem. Experience walking through the Bethlehem checkpoint and meet your Palestinian guide on the other side. Have dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 3 Bethlehem and Ramallah Area Activities
Meeting with Palestinian civic, religious and political leaders and UMC missionaries serving in Israel and Palestine. Visit the Nativity Church built over the cave where Jesus was born, and survey Shepherds Field where angels first proclaimed the Good News. Dinner and overnight is in Bethlehem.
Day 4 Bethlehem and Jericho Area Activities
Visit a Palestinian Refugee Camp. Journey to Jericho (considered the oldest city in the world) to visit the ruins of the ancient city conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6:1). Dinner and overnight is in Bethlehem.
Day 5 Bethlehem and the Gaililee
After morning Church Services with Palestinian Christians drive to the Galilee. Visit Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed to Jesus,“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16: 16).Continue on to view Mount Hermon, traditional site of the Lord’s Transfiguration (Matt. 17: 1-9), before traveling through the strategic highlands known as the Golan Heights. Head to your Tiberias hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 The Galilee and Jerusalem
Morning meeting with a soldier from the Israeli Defense Forces.See the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. At Tabgha, the traditional location of the feeding of the 5,000, explore the Church of the Fish and the Loaves. Experience a special onboard worship service as you sail across the Sea of Galilee.Visit Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, and see the synagogue built on the site where Jesus taught (Matt.4:13, 23)
before driving to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Jerusalem Area Activities
Meetings with General Board of Global Ministry Staff and meeting with Interfaith Peace Workers. Stand on the Mount of Olives and enjoy a remarkable view of the Golden City of Jerusalem. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from this place. Visit the churches of Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit, and pray as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane and walk the Via Dolorosa ("the Way of the Cross"). Dinner and overnight is at your Jerusalem hotel.
Day 8 Jerusalem Area Activities
Tour of Israel's Separation Barrier. Dinner and meetings with Israeli speakers. Overnight is at your Jerusalem hotel.
Day 9 Jerusalem Area Activities
TBA. Dinner and overnight is at your Jerusalem hotel.
Day 10 Jerusalem Area Activities
Have communion at the Garden Tomb, and experience Shabbat at the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Temple.
Enjoy a final dinner at the hotel before transferring to the airport. Return home, filled with the memories and experiences of the Israeli and Palestinian people.
Day 11 Arrive in USA
Return Home with new knowledge of the people and places of the Holy Land.