Fri 28 July 2017, 9:00am-10:00am

“Beyond the Headlines: An Alternative Tour of Israel & Palestine”

IJuly 28-August 8, 2017

Alternative (responsible) travel seeks to transform curious tourists into informed pilgrims by engaging the people who live in the land and the history, culture, and social realities that shape their lives. This tour has two goals: to go beneath the narrative presented by mainstream media; to discover how many first-century conditions that shaped Jesus’ life and ministry continue to shape the lives of Palestinians and Israelis today. In addition to exploring the holy stones – the historic places and sites that have defined our faith – participants will engage the Living Stones: Jews, Muslims and Christians who live in the land.

Experienced tour leaders Jeff & Janet Wright have served as short-term missionaries to Israel/Palestine through the Disciples of Christ/UCC Global Ministries, having traveled there many times. A mental health therapist, Janet and her colleagues created the first all-Arab EMDR training team. Jeff is a recently retired Disciples pastor appointed as a long-term volunteer missionary to Palestine. The tour will be accompanied by a professional, local guide. A draft itinerary, comments from past participants, registration and cost information may be found at