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April 4 - 16, 2016

conference schedule

The following schedule is only a suggested schedule.  The final schedule is subject to change.

Monday, April 4: Participants arrive to Newark Airport (EWR) for orientation at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.  Orientation begins with dinner.

Tuesday, April 5: Orientation for all conference participants in the morning and early afternoon/Flight to Tel Aviv in the evening

  • History
  • Cultural Proficiency
  • What to expect

Wednesday, April 6: Arrive in Tel Aviv; shuttle to Jerusalem hotel for a dinner and rest.

Thursday,  April 7: Christians, Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem

  • Morning prayer
  • Visits to the sites of Jerusalem including the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Yad Vashem and the Old City 
  • Return to hotel for dinner and debrief

Friday, April 8:  Jerusalem as a Mosaic

  • Morning prayer
  • Speakers (in the morning)
  • Lunch
  • More of Jerusalem in the afternoon including the Western Wall, Via Dolorosa and free time in the Old City
  • Return to hotel for dinner and debrief

Saturday, April 9: The Contemporary Context of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

  • Morning Prayer
  • Green Olive Tour Settlement Tour
  • Depart for Bethlehem and check in to hotel
  • Walking tour of Bethlehem
  • Dinner and evening cultural performance at the International Center of Bethlehem (ICB)

Sunday, April 10: Bethlehem - A Worshiping Community Under Occupation

  • Worship at Christmas Lutheran Church
  • Lunch
  • Free time in the early afternoon
  • Opening of the program/initial speakers (mid-afternoon)
  • Dinner at the International Center with debriefing

Monday, April 11: Economic , Environmental and Political Realities in Bethlehem and Hebron

  • Morning Speakers
  • Lunch at the International Center of Bethlehem
  • Afternoon trip to Hebron
  • Evening Theatrical Performance
  • Debrief

Tuesday, April 12: Transforming Cultures of Violence into Communities of Peace

  • Morning Speakers
  • Lunch at the International Center
  • College and Refugee Camp Visits
  • Free night

Wednesday, April 13: Galilee:  Exploring the Land of Jesus' Ministry

  • Final Speakers
  • Closing & Sending Service
  • Eat Lunch-Depart from Bethlehem
  • Stop in Jericho for a visit to the YWCA's refugee camp school
  • Stops at the Baptismal Site on the Jordan River
  • Dinner in Galilee
  • Free night

Thursday, April 14: Galilee:  Exploring the Land of Jesus' Ministry

  • Time for reflection, prayer, spiritual practices, integration of the experiences of the conference
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon options include Cliffs of Arbel, hike the "Jesus Trail" to Capernaum, Sea of Galilee boat trip, Sindyanna of Galilee
  • Small group devotions and group processing opportunities, next steps
  • Commissioning/Sending Service

Friday, April 15:  Envisioning our Part in the Mosaic of Peace

  • Pack, prepare for departure
  • Visit Nazareth-Church of the Annunciation
  • Visits to Ibillin and Haifa
  • Depart for airport
  • Dinner in Joppa before arrival at airport

Saturday, April 16:  Arrival in the United States



  • Trip insurance is available as an option to participants. Participants will have an opportunity to review the options and decide whether and how they wish to protect their investment in the conference. by Carl Horton on 07/31/2015 at 5:34 p.m.

  • The cost is now posted on the website. It is $2,600. That is a conference inclusive price. It does not include airfare. by Carl Horton on 07/31/2015 at 5:28 p.m.

  • Is there trip insurance and will it cover a full refund if war breaks out in the Middle East? by bob on 07/31/2015 at 3:37 p.m.

  • The 2014 conference was $2,400. We are still working on the conference budget and hope to remain in that ballpark. Check back for pricing. by Carl Horton on 06/19/2015 at 12:47 p.m.

  • What is the cost of the Mosaic for Peace Conference? by Bob Battenfield on 06/19/2015 at 12:36 a.m.

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