Mosaic of Peace Conference

Mosaic of Peace

Mosaic of Peace attendees

Witnessing for Peace and Wholeness in a Land called ‘Holy’

A Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference in Israel/Palestine
April 29—May 12, 2018

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Join the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program as we experience this remarkable and troubled region, encounter its diverse people, explore its rich history and complex current situation, and engage with those who seek its peace. By attending this conference, you will be

  • inspired by the stories of Christian peacemakers in the Holy Land, walk in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace and encounter contemporary Palestinians and Israelis;
  • equipped by engagement with Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders, experience contextual theology and study peacemaking practices within the framework of PCUSA policy;
  • connected with global and local partners to take meaningful action for a just and lasting peace in the region.

APPLICATIONS – Apply online through November 15, 2017. Notification and commitment packets will be sent shortly after your application is received and processed. 
First-time visitors to the Holy Land are encouraged to attend. Previous conference participants and seasoned travelers to the region are welcome as well. Must be 18 years old.

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COST – The double-occupancy rate for the conference is $2,600. This includes all conference expenses (including all meals, accommodations, programs, tips, tours, and on the ground transportation). Airline travel is not included. Limited single occupancy is available for an additional charge.

HOTELS – The conference includes 11 nights of lodging. The current conference hotels include: The Gloria Hotel of Old Jerusalem, Bethlehem’s Manager Square Hotel, and the Golden Crown Hotel in Nazareth.

TRAVEL – Participants are responsible for their travel and may book their own airline tickets, but all itineraries must be submitted for approval by the conference registrar prior to ticketing. Departures from the US should be on Sunday, April 29 to arrive to Tel Aviv (TLV) on Monday, April 30. Return flights may depart TLV on Friday evening, May 11 to arrive in the US on Saturday May 12.

SMALL GROUPS – Conference participants will be placed into small groups led by group leaders. These teams will engage in preparation before the conference, meet as a group during the conference, and consider meaningful collective action upon returning home.

For more information, including a sample conference schedule and information from past conferences, visit or contact the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program at 800-728-7228 x5805 or 502-569-5805.

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Mosaic of Peace 2018

Witnessing for Peace and Wholeness in a Land called ‘Holy’
A Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference in Israel/Palestine
April 29 – May 12, 2018

Sample Conference Schedule
The following general schedule is provided to give those interested an idea of the conference content.  All items are subject to change.  Currently the conference includes 4 nights in Jerusalem, 4 nights in Bethlehem and 3 nights in Nazareth (Galilee)

Sunday, April 29: DEPART FROM U.S.
Participants will travel from their respective airports on overnight flights to arrive in Tel Aviv (TLV) on Monday, April 30.

Monday, April 30: ARRIVAL                                                                                                                                                     Jerusalem
Participants arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv (TLV); shuttles transport participants to the Gloria Hotel for settling in.  Free time for strolling around Old Jerusalem and rest.   Dinner is the first meal of the conference.  Orientation begins after dinner.

Tuesday, May 1:  ORIENTATION                                                                                                                                             Jerusalem
Orientation continues at the hotel.  Sites this day will include some of the sites of Jerusalem including the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane.

Wednesday, May 2: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE AS A MOSAIC                                                                                      Jerusalem
We’ll depart early for a morning visit to the Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque).  We’ll visit YAD Vashem, The World Holocaust Memorial.  We’ll meet with representatives of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities that share this holy city.

Thursday, May 3: THE CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT OF JERUSALEM                                                                   Jerusalem
Today we’ll take a tour of the city to get a sense of its present day realities.  We’ll also meet with representatives of organizations like Sabeel, Kairos Palestine and B’Tselem to learn about their work.

Friday, May 4: FROM JERUSALEM TO BETHLEHEM                                                                                                   Bethlehem
An early morning option is to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as it is opened before daybreak and to stroll through Jerusalem before merchants have opened their shops.  We’ll leave Jerusalem for Bethlehem, stopping for lunch at Tantur Ecumenical Institute situated on a vista overlooking the city and its nearby settlements.  We’ll check in to the Manger Square Hotel in Bethlehem and have a welcome dinner and program at the International Center of Bethlehem (ICB) and the Diyar Consortium.

Saturday, May 5 : EXPLORING THE FACTS ON THE GROUND                                                                                Bethlehem
Today we’ll visit the Tent of Nations and have a chance to work on the land.  We’ll also visit a nearby Israeli settlement to learn from the perspective of Israeli settlers.

Sunday, May 6: WORSHIP AND PALESTINIAN CULTURE                                                                                         Bethlehem
We’ll have free time around Bethlehem and worship at Christmas Lutheran Church, the congregation in Bethlehem affiliated with our partner denomination the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).  In the afternoon, we’ll have optional afternoon Options will include wine and olive oil sampling at Cremsian Monastery and Winery and a cooking class at Aida Refugee Camp.

Monday, May 7: ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL AND POLITICAL REALITIES                                                 Bethlehem
We’ll visit the nearby city of Hebron with its Israeli settlement in the heart of the city.  We’ll see the Ibrahimi Mosque and the old town market.  Be prepared to buy street food, spices and handcrafts from the local merchants.  We may also stop at the Hebron Glass Blowing Factory. Speakers today will help us understand the economic, environmental and political realities of those who live in the region.

Tuesday, May 8:  FROM BETHLEHEM TO GALILEE                                                                                                           Nazareth
We depart Bethlehem with stops at the Aqbet Jaber Refugee Camp Kindergarten in Jericho, the Mount of Temptation and baptismal site on the Jordan River.  We’ll arrive to the Legacy Hotel in downtown Nazareth in time for dinner.

Wednesday, May 9: EXPLORING THE LAND OF JESUS’ MINISTRY                                                                          Nazareth
Today we’ll have a day-long tour that includes some of the well-travelled and less-travelled landmarks of Jesus’ life and ministry in Galilee.  We’ll get a historical perspective that few who visit the region experience.  Those who wish may take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee.  All will enjoy a typical fish meal.

Thursday, May 10: SIGNS OF HOPE IN GALILEE                                                                                                               Nazareth
We’ll continue to see some of the sites today.  We’ll also spend time hearing from those who are working creatively for peace and justice in the Galilee region.  We’ll visit a few of the agricultural enterprises and cooperatives, including Sindyanna of Galilee, that are bringing people together in remarkable ways to work for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.   In the evening we’ll have some free time in downtown Nazareth.

Friday, May 11:  GALILEE TO TEL AVIV
In the morning we will pack and depart Nazareth.  We’ll stop in Ibillin to have our commissioning service at the Church of the Beatitudes and to hopefully hear from Father Elias Chacour.  We’ll visit the Mar Elias Educational Institute and learn about its efforts to foster peace and justice through education.  On our way to the Tel Aviv we’ll stop in Caesarea, Haifa and Jaffa before our evening flight departures.  Those who are extending their stays can be dropped off in Jaffa or taken back to Jerusalem.

Saturday, May 12:  HOME AGAIN, BUT CHANGED

Arrival in the United States
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