Anglican Holy Land pilgrimage explores reconciliation

Posted Jun 26, 2017

[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans from around the Communion have begun a 12-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Five primates and Anglican Communion secretary general, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, are accompanying the pilgrims. Among the highlights of the tour are Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee.

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  1. Josephine Corning says:

    Why isn’t this group planning to go to Ramallah? The great majority of Christians in the Holy Land are Palestinians, and Ramallah is a Palestinian city. Will this group meet up with any Palestinian Christians?

    1. A good place to start meeting Palestinian people of faith is the Tent of Nations, located just 6 miles southwest of Bethlehem, a 100 year old vineyard operated by several generations of Nassar family members, who have an affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. They are struggling to survive the oppressive Israeli occupation by building bridges of peace in the region under the theme “We Refuse to be Enemies.” This enclave surrounded by Israeli Settlements is making a huge witness to overcoming hate with love , and maintaining hope midst the hopelessness of Palestinian’s rights being violated every day. Make contact via their website at http://www.tentofnations.org (David Benedict supports “Voices for Middle East Peace” located in Williamsburg, VA)

  2. The Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds says:

    While I do not have access to their itinerary, it is worth noting in response to the question of meeting Palestinian Christians, that several of the photos in the ANS article are taken at St. George’s Cathedral of the Diocese of Jerusalem. One photo includes Archbishop Suheil Dawani who is the President Bishop of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East as well as Bishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem. Archbishop Dawani is a Palestinian Christian. One of the leaders of the pilgrimage, the Rev. Canon John Peterson, served for over ten years as Dean of St. George’s College in Jerusalem. Knowing both Canon Peterson and Archbishop Dawani I am confident there will be ample opportunity for meeting Palestinian Christians and learning of their perspective on all things affecting their various ministries.

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