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Dec. 2016 – UMKR has a (slightly) new name: United Methodists for Kairos Response
Israel-Palestine Tours with Sabeel -
the Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem
Christian Zionism and Colonialism - A Response from Palestinian Christians
WHEN: November 1 – 9, 2017 inclusive (9 nights)
NOTE: the program will begin on the morning of November 2nd. (Check-in time at the hotel will be 2:00 p.m. on November 1st; check out will be 1:00 p.m. on November 10th.) We advise arriving some time in advance, to get acclimated before the program begins.
The Forgotten Faithful – A Window into the Life and Witness of Christians in The Land of The Holy One
WHEN: February 28 – March 8, 2018 inclusive (9 nights)
NOTE: the program will begin on the morning of March 1st. (Check-in time at the hotel will be 2:00 p.m. on February 28th; check out will be 1:00 p.m. on March 9th.) We advise arriving some time in advance, to get acclimated before the program begins.
Both trips will be led by Rev. Naim Ateek -
co-founder of Sabeel.
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center invites you to experience the reality of life in today’s Holy Land:
• Worship with Palestinian Christians
• Meet and reflect with Palestinian Christians and Muslims as well as with Jewish Israelis and internationals who partner with Sabeel in non-violent resistance against the violation of international and humanitarian law
• Experience the realities of the Palestinian community living under Israeli Occupation: the Wall, settlements, checkpoints, confiscated land and demolished homes, refugee camps, and environmental degradation
• Learn about the loss of civil and property rights of Arab Israeli citizens
WHERE: Nights in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Nazareth with side visits to other sites including the West Bank and to the Galilee holy sites
COST: $1600 per person in a double room
$1900 per person in a single room
This cost includes a non-refundable registration fee of $300, all accommodations and meals for 9 nights, all transportation and honoraria during the visit. It does NOT include airfare, transportation to and from the airport, personal expenses and souvenirs, or travel insurance.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE RIGOROUS TRIPS THAT INCLUDE CLIMBING OF STAIRS AND MUCH WALKING, SOMETIMES OVER ROUGH TERRAIN.
For more information please email World@sabeel.org or call +972 2 5327136
Sabeel Witness Visit trips provide participants with the unique opportunity to experience the reality of Palestinians living under Israeli Occupation. This includes, but is not limited to, visiting: the Separation Wall, illegal settlements, checkpoints, confiscated and demolished homes, and refugee camps. Participants will be able to learn firsthand about the loss of civil and property rights of Arab Israeli citizens, as well as see for themselves both the past and present violations of international and humanitarian law.
Participants will have the ability to worship, meet, and reflect with local individuals and families living in the Holy Land. This includes Palestinian Christians and Muslims, Jewish Israelis, and also internationals who partner with Sabeel to non-violently resist the illegal occupation.
Each Witness Visit trip is unique: themed delegations will have lectures and experiences pertaining to a specific theme, which will amount to about 20% of the overall trip content. The primary emphasis of each trip is to explore the social and political realities in the region, which are dynamic and evolve on a daily basis. Delegates will also discuss how the conflict affects Israeli society, and will hear from local Israelis on this subject.
All of this experiential learning is intended to motivate participants to become agents of change when they return home. Therefore, Sabeel also provides materials, support, and mentoring to help returning delegates make connections to their local communities and to share what they have learned while here.