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Tourism Resources
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responsible tourism:

Experience the Holy Land: The United Methodist Way - in color

Experience the Holy Land Flyer - B&W


United Methodist resolutions on Israel/Palestine:
"Holy Land Tours"
"Opposition to Israeli Settlements in Palestinian Land"


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The Holy Land holds profound significance for United Methodists, as it does for all Christians, Jews and Muslims.  When we go there, we “walk where Jesus walked” and feel a connection perhaps never before experienced. We also encounter the real people living and working in this region, all children of one God.


















UMKR urges all United Methodists to use the UMC General Conference resolutions on Israel/Palestine (see them in the list of resources on the right), to live our values in this most holy of places. Tell your tour organizer it is important to you that your tour comply with these important aspects of travel in Israel-Palestine.  Following are two important resolutions of the United Methodist Church:

Walk with the people of our faith In the

place where it all began.

Experience the Holy Land

of the past and the present

by breaking bread and

worshiping  with the

descendants of the

original disciples of Christ

who have kept our faith

alive through the ages.

For decades, millions of Christians

have come to the Holy Land only as

spectators, touring holy sites as they

would museums, not knowing that

these are living places of worship and never realizing that their pilgrimage was missing something very important: meaningful interaction with those who share our fa


Questions to ask tour organizers
Whether you are leading a tour or going on one organized by others,  the following questions can help you discern whether the tour follows UMC resolutions regarding the Holy Land.

• Will we have opportunities to visit and worship with Palestinian Christians?

• Can you assure us that none of the hotels or restaurants we will use are located in the settlements?

• Will we spend at least one night in Bethlehem with opportunities to meet local people beyond tourist sites and shopping?

• Will we visit at least two UMC Advance Special Missions? [See the link for our UMC Advance Special Missions in the column to the right.]












Recommended tours
In the column on the right, you will find tours that can provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  These range from intensive Biblical studies to studies of the current realities of life in Israel/ Palestine. They all provide significant opportunities to know the people of the Holy Land.