Travel to the Holy Land


January 15 is the registration deadline for the study tour of Palestine/Israel next spring.  The trip, which is being sponsored by the Holy Land Task Force in conjunction with the Methodist Liaison office in Jerusalem and Camp and Retreat Ministries of Oregon/Idaho, will be February 23 – March 6, 2015.  The estimated cost of the trip (depending upon number of participants) will be about $3,000, including airfare.  Scholarship assistance for clergy may be available (check with the Camping Office for details).

The Task Force believes that the best way to make educated decisions about these issues is to visit Palestine/Israel and see first-hand the situation “on the ground.”    This sentiment is echoed by Palestinian Christians, who use every opportunity to invite people to “come and see for yourself.”  The February trip will include visits to traditional “holy sites” in both Israel and Palestine, as well as the opportunity to meet with groups and individuals working for peace on both sides of the wall.

The United Methodist Church will be in the world spotlight when General Conference comes to Portland in 2016, and legislation regarding the role of United Methodists in applying our social justice principles to the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine will is certain to be on the agenda.

For further information, and registration form, go to http://gocamping.org/camps-retreats/detail/palestine-israel-trip.

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