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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.

In order to live our values when we visit the Holy Land, 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),
especially the resolution on Holy Land Tours.  See it on our website
Tell your tour organizer it is important to you that your tour comply with these important aspects of travel in Israel-Palestine.

To see the tour providers with trips that UMKR would recommend and get info on their upcoming trips,click here.

Tourism Resources
The UMKR flyer on

responsible tourism:

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

Experience the Holy Land - B&W

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

Organize Your Own Trip

with help from Friends of Sabeel (FOSNA)
See their trip advisors and get started

Methodist Advance Projects and Partners in the Holy Land: 

Get the list

The Kairos Palestine Statement on Chicago Lawyers Trip 2019: Whitewashing Israel Apartheid and OccupationSee it

Responsible Tourism
in the Holy Land

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 faith.

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? 

Recommended tours
On our website, 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. Click here to see tour providers with trips

we recommend and their upcoming trips.