Environmental and Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar to Armenia

2 Would you like to visit Armenia and:

  • Explore how people of faith care for God’s earth?
  • Learn about Armenia’s relationships with its neighbors, including Turkey?
  • Visit reforestation sites and pristine forests in need of protection from mining that threatens them?
  • Visit villages and projects working to educate children?
  • Meet with leaders working on environmental justice concerns?

Then join us on our journey to Armenia to learn more about human rights, social justice activism, and the environment.  We have been invited by 2009 International Peacemaker Dr. Nazeli Vardanyan, a licensed attorney in the Republic of Armenia and international expert in the field of environmental law, who will help lead the trip. We will meet with environmental activists, nonprofit directors, and church leaders to hear how faithful individuals are called to create change. 

Dates: November 1–12, 2010

Cost: $2,200, which includes all lodging, meals, entrance fees, and gratuities, but NOT roundtrip airfare from your home to Armenia (estimated $1,700) or visa expenses (estimated $60)

Leaders: Debby Vial, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and Katie Holmes, Presbyterian Environmental Ministries

Information: Please contact Debby Vial at 502-569-5702, or Katie Holmes with questions or to receive an application by mail. 


Download Application Form [Word]

Download Application Form [PDF]

Your application must include an endorsement from your Presbytery. 

Download Presbytery Endorsement Form [Word]

Download Presbytery Endorsement Form [PDF]

Application Deadline: August 1, 2010

This program is a partnership between the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and Presbyterian Environmental Ministries, and in consultation with the Jinishian Memorial Program, which enables Armenians in need to move from poverty and despair to self-sufficiency and hope through relief, development, and spiritual uplift.

If you cannot go on the travel/study seminar, your gift to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program can help others participate. Please put "Armenia seminar" in the comments section.

The photo is the scenic road between the southern cities of Goris and Kapan in Armenia. It was taken by Sara Todd.

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