“Places, People and Prayers”

April 30 – May 23, 2009


  • Dr. Dorothy Jean Weaver, Professor of New Testament
  • Rev. Kevin A. Clark, Seminary Campus Pastor

Our cross-cultural encounter in the Holy Land and Middle East, home and holy place to Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike, offers a rich introduction to a historic and spiritual part of the world.

Day by day we will visit important biblical sites of the Holy Land: Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron, Beersheba, Masada, the Dead Sea, Nazareth, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, and more. And we will relive the story of Jesus as we walk the land that Jesus walked. But there is much more to the Holy Land and Middle East than ancient stones.

We will engage in sacred conversations and in occasional home visits, putting us closely in touch with the many and varied voices of the Holy Land: Christians, Jews, and Muslims; Israelis and Palestinians. And as we meet these folks and listen to their stories, we will discover the hopes, the joys, and the challenges facing the peoples of the Middle East.

Through it all we will join our voices in prayer. Regular times of reflection, a daily service of evening prayers, a Shabbat service in an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, and Sunday worship with Palestinian Christians will nourish our spirits along the way. Our tour will end with a retreat in Tiberias, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

“Places, People, and Prayers” offers you a wide-angle lens through which to view the Holy Land, sense the heartbeat of its peoples, and “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Do consider joining us in the Middle East this spring!

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