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Living Stones Pilgrimage: Palestine and Israel Study Tour

Conference Start Date: 
Friday, October 12, 2018 to Thursday, October 25, 2018

Meet the Peacemakers of Palestine and Israel with Pilgrims of Ibillin

This is a study and listening tour! Get to know the “Living Stones” of Palestine and Israel. Meet Pilgrims of Ibillin’s peace-building partners in Ibillin, Zababdeh, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Ramle. Hear from leaders of organizations on both sides of the Green Line who seek a nonviolent path to a just peace.

Visit key biblical sites in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron, and the Galilee (including Nazareth), and learn why the Holy Land is known as “the Fifth Gospel.” Share reflections and insights in worship and group conversations.

Experience Palestinian hospitality, including during a home stay in Zababdeh.

Get to know students and leaders at the Mar Elias Educational Institutions in Ibillin. Visit with MEEI founder and peace activist Archbishop Elias Chacour (if his schedule permits). With a native of Biram, visit the destroyed village where Abuna Chacour was born and lived until 1948.

Be equipped to give presentations after returning home. Prepare to share the story of new friends—Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Druze—who live with hope and work for peace despite great challenges.

Cost: $1,995 per person program fee, double occupancy. Add $300 for single occupancy.

Fee includes hotels, ground transportation, tours, tips, breakfast and dinner daily. Does not include cost of airfare*, beverages with meals, four lunches, travel insurance, or personal items.

Led by Rev. Joan Deming, pilgrimage coordinator. Call or email Joan with questions at 608-241-9281 or

Register early to reserve your spot in this unique tour. $500 is due upon registration; balance due September 1. 

Find Information on Pilgrims of Ibillin and many of the places we’ll visit

Full Itinerary (PDF)