A Journey of Faith and Discovery;
The Holy Land Today
October 25-November 7, 2017
Led by Rev. S. Lindy Purdy and Mike and Marcia Bussey
This journey to the Holy Land will be more than a site-seeing trip, although we will see the major sites that are sacred to Christians, Jews, and Muslims. It will be a trip of experiences that excites the senses, stimulates and promotes our understanding of the complexities of the Middle East, and inspires our faith journey along the way. Led by Rev. S. Lindy Purdy and Mike and Marcia Bussey.
For more information, contact Rev. Lindy Purdy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trip registration is open as space allows, until June 1. Once registration is filled, preparation sessions will be scheduled.
Preparation Sessions include:
Historical Geography of the Region, Religious context of the three monotheistic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism, current events of Israel/Palestine. A reading list will be provided for all participants.
Itinerary will include: 1 night in the ancient port city of Jaffa; 3 nights on the Sea of Galilee at Scot’s Hotel; 2 nights at a Dead Sea Spa Hotel; visiting desert sites with a jeep trip in the Judean/Negev desert; a drive along the Jordan river with Baptism/rededication of Baptism, in the Jordan as an optional activity; a visit in Jericho—the world’s oldest city; concluding with 5 days in the city of Jerusalem with sides trips to Bethlehem and Biblical Samaria. While in Jerusalem we will walk the Via Dela Rosa, descend the Mount of Olives, visit the 4 quarters of the Old City, The Church of the Holy Sepuchre, The City of David, Hezakiah’s Tunnel, The Western Wall.
John & Sheila Ross, along with cultural/historical guide Gareth Higgins, invite you to a one-of-a-kind spiritual pilgrimage to Northern Ireland! This is the journey that Dr. Ross took as part of his sabbatical in 2015… and he can’t wait to share it with members of his WCC family of faith.
Along with a group of friends old and new, we will enjoy beautiful landscape on amazing walks, hear music, story, and poetry from local artists, and experience the peace process that drew to a close centuries of violence. We will meet people directly involved in activism and change, and get to know the culture of Northern Ireland, immersed in Celtic culture, ancient and new.
The group will split time between 400-year-old thatched cottages in the mountains of Mourne and a lovely old country house by the sea outside Belfast.
Great food, inspiring art, and beautiful journeys on foot will form the heart of this soulfully unique and transforming experience. This is not educational tourism—this is “Expeditionary Learning” in the context of deep, personal spiritual reflection. It is a 9-day experience that might just last for the rest of your life.
Due to the unique nature of this pilgrimage, limited spots will be available. An application process will be used by Gareth Higgins to form the final group of just 22 travelers.