A Pilgrimage Toward Beloved Community – In the Holy Land

Holy Land
March 17-27, 2020
Event Title
A Pilgrimage Toward Beloved Community — In the Holy Land
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Event Location
Holy Land
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Event Details
A joint project between The Rev. Jason Oden, a priest in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, and a Rabbi from The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (Clal) and the Stand and See Fellowship Program is inviting clergy and laypersons leaders in the Episcopal Church to travel to the Holy Land to study beloved community, religious pluralism, and early Christianity and Judaism while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Reduced price for postulants and clergy is $2,190 sharing a room; $3,040 single room
Non-reduced Price: $3,990 sharing a room; $4840 single room

All prices include:
• Airfare from JFK
• Daily breakfast, 7 dinners, 8 lunches
• All entrance fees and transportation costs in Israel and Palestinian territory
• 4-star hotels

Distinctive aspects of the trip:
• The combination of a relatively traditional Holy Land pilgrimage with a dialogical focus on what the historical and current context of the Holy Land can teach about Becoming Beloved Community.
• A methodology that commits to 1) hearing from a diverse array of political and religious voices and experiences; 2) practicing civil discourse that respects and honors everyone’s right to their respective views; and 3) following up all discussions with a relevant liturgy.
• Touring historical, archaeological, and sacred sites daily with an Episcopal priest, a “boutique” Orthodox Rabbi, and a progressive Israeli guide. A Palestinian will guide in Bethlehem.
• Visit sites related to the Stand and See Fellowship Program
• Tour of Peres Center for Peace and Innovation
• Mount of Olives Overlook Presentation
• Holocaust Museum Tour and Discussion
• A visit to Roots, a grassroots movement promoting understanding, nonviolence, and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians
• Worship at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem
• Shabbat Presentation by Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield and Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
• A visit to the Kibbutz Hanaton and Jezreel Valley Winery
• A presentation by a representative from the Operation Good Neighbor Project and visit to Israeli/Syrian border.
• An extended visit with The Rev. Nael Abu Rahmoun, vicar of Christ Church in Nazareth, to learn more about the peace and justice work that he and the congregation are engaged in for the Nazareth community.
• Discussions on Becoming Beloved Community and General Convention Resolutions related to Israel and Palestine
• An emphasis on creating a beloved community of pilgrims who can support each other in their current and future work
• Music and liturgy organized and led by singer-songwriter Kim Taylor

Contact name
The Rev. Jason Oden