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Pilgrims of Ibillin
Fall Pilgrimage 2023
21 October - 2 November 2023
Explore their website to learn about the work of Pilgrims of Ibillin
Trips are being planned for these dates in 2024:
April 8-19, 2024
October 28-November 8, 2024
Fall Pilgrimage 2023:
Pilgrimage Goals: To See, Hear, and Deepen our Understanding
On this trip we will do a deep dive into education and youth services for the Palestinian community both in Israel and Palestine.
See the itinerary here:
Trip coordinators are Pilgrims of Ibillin Board of Directors member
Rev. Gail Doerring and Executive Director Essrea Cherin.
Rev. Gail Doering, a member of the Presbyterian clergy, in addition to half a dozen visits to the Holy Land, spent a 3 month sabbatical in Israel, studying the theology of hope and how it is maintained in the face of conflict, oppression, and occupation. Essrea Cherin, the co-founder of the Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project, is a conflict resolution professional and has worked in the region for almost 20 years. Both have led groups to the region multiple times.
We will visit entities that are ‘off the beaten track’ of many Holy Land tours: heartwarming and inspirational places such as a Bedouin camp and school, Hope Flowers in East Jerusalem, Seraj Libraries and Hope School. We will also visit holy and historical sites of great significance, in addition to time in nature and built in opportunities for contemplation and prayer.
What contributes to a Living Stones Pilgrimage’s often most meaningful moments are those chances to connect with the people of the Holy Land — and we will have many of these, to hear their stories and to deepen our understanding of a fraught land.
We invite and welcome you to join us.
For registration forms, where to send deposit, and a more detailed itinerary, complete the form on this page:
Let us know which trip you are considering
(this fall or in 2024 - see the dates above)
and the trip coordinator will be in touch with you shortly.
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