Minnesota Conference Traveling to Israel-Palestine in 2017

Israel-Palestine TripHave you always wanted to “walk where Jesus walked”?  Do the complexities of the situation in Israel-Palestine interest you?  Do you long to experience the region that is the cradle of three Abrahamic faiths…Judaism, Christianity, and Islam?

The Minnesota Conference of the UCC is organizing a study tour to Israel-Palestine for January 9 – 20, 2017.  The experience is open to anyone eager to learn more about the region and committed to intentional study and dialogue.  Participants will visit such holy sites as the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives and other sites in Jerusalem, Galilee, the Dead Sea, and more.  We will also visit with global mission partners of the UCC there in the region, and meet with a variety of groups dedicated to justice and peace in the Holy Land.  This study tour is part of a commitment we made as a Conference to a 2-year period of study following the adoption of a resolution at Annual Meeting 2015.

The tour will be led by Reverend Bonnie VanOverbeke, a retired UCC pastor who has extensive experience in Israel-Palestine and has led multiple other groups.  Minnesota Conference Minister Shari Prestemon will be part of the delegation and share in leadership.  Approximate cost of the trip (per person) will be $3000 (including air fare).

If you are interested in being part of this amazing experience, contact Conference Minister Shari Prestemon (sharip@uccmn.org).  Exact cost, itinerary, deposit deadlines, and other details will be released at a later date.