Living Stones Pilgrimages with Pilgrims of Ibillin​

Looking for a way to engage with Peacemakers and go beyond tourism to Israel/Palestine?  Pilgrims of Ibillin offers annual study tours.

Upcoming trips(scroll down the page for a description of these trips):

May 13-26, 2019

​Cost: $1,995/person program fee, double occupancy.
Single Supplement, $300
Fee INCLUDES hotels, ground transportation, tours, tips,  
breakfast & dinner daily, most lunches. Does NOT include cost of airfare*, beverages with meals, 4 lunches, travel insurance, personal items.
Led by Rev. Joan Deming (UMC clergy), Pilgrimage Coordinator
Call or email Joan with questions:  608-241-9281 ~
Register early to assure your spot in this unique tour. $500 due with registration ($450 if received before 2/28/2019); balance due 4/15/19.​
Download the brochure for this tripwith full details of the itinerary and much more information

Oct. 15-28, 2019

Cost $2,095/person program fee, double occupancy.
Single Supplement, $300. 
Fee INCLUDES hotels, ground transportation, tours, tips, breakfast & dinner daily, most
lunches. Does NOT include cost of airfare*, beverages with meals, 4 lunches, travel insurance, personal items. 

Led by Rev. Joan Deming (UMC clergy), Pilgrimage Coordinator.
Call or email Joan with questions: 608-241-9281 ~
Register early to assure your spot in this unique tour. $500 due with registration. $50 Discount if reg. fee is received before 7/1/19; balance due 9/15/19.
Download the brochure for this trip,with full details of the itinerary and much more information

You can also find full itineraries  for these trips and register at:

Learn about all that Pilgrims of Ibillin

Check out past Living Stones Pilgrimage blogs - reflections by participants in real time during their tour:

Above: Our Living Stones Group was hosted by an incredible group of Fourth Graders at the Ramallah Friends School. They let us listen in on their weekly Problem-Solving Class.

About the Living Stone Tours with Pilgrims of Ibillin

Living Stones Tours are a spiritual and physical journey to connect with the places and people of the Holy Land. Going now, in the midst of increased tension and violence, may be more important than ever as we go with open minds and hearts to meet peacemakers and remind them that they are not alone. We have committed to “Come and See, then Go and Tell.”

Goals of the trip

​This is a study and listening tour! Get to know the “Living Stones” of Israel/Palestine. Meet Pilgrims of Ibillin’s peace-building partners in Ibillin, Zababdeh, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Ramle. Hear from leaders of organizations on both sides of the Green Line that seek a nonviolent path to a just peace.

Visit key biblical sites in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron, and the Galilee (including Nazareth), and learn why the Holy Land is known as “the Fifth
Gospel.” Share reflections and insights in worship and group conversations.

Experience the hospitality of local hosts.

Get to know students and leaders at the Mar Elias Educational Institutions in Ibillin. Visit with MEEI founder and peace activist Archbishop Elias Chacour.
With a native of Biram, visit the destroyed village where Abuna Chacour was born and lived until 1948.

Be equipped to give presentations after returning home. Prepare to share the story of new friends – Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Druze – who live with
hope and work for peace despite great challenges.

​Rev. Joan Deming (UMC clergy), Pilgrimage Coordinator


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