As Carrie and I get ready to leave on our Holy Land adventure to Israel and Jordan. I wanted to share with you some of what we look forward to in the next ten days to two weeks. We are going with 30 other folks, clergy and lay, through a trip sponsored by the Maine Conference of the UCC. Our trip is booked through the Society for Biblical Studies and it promises to be more than sightseeing. We will be guided by a member of the SBS who will take us to all those places we have heard described in the scriptures and in books about the region – Nazareth, Galilee, the River Jordan, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea, Capernaum, Qumran and Petra. In addition, we will visit places that we often hear about in the news – a kibbutz, a Jewish settlement and a Palistinian refugee camp, and at each location we will have the opportunity to engage with one of the residents. I am sure it will be eye opening as well as challenging to some of our pre-conceived notions.
It seems a long time ago when I sent in my deposit and made my plans, but now departure is imminent and the energy is building. This Sunday afternoon, we will leave for Logan Airport where we will be departing, on the evening of Nov. 2nd. We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv in the late afternoon of Nov. 3rd, and from there will will travel to Galilee to begin our tour. Even typing this is exciting and I appreciate your giving me the opportunity to take this amazing journey. It is my hope that I will be able to post to our church website to give you updates and reflections along the way. Some of this will depend on technology and internet connections, and we will find the means to alert you when a post arrives.
We ask for you prayers and blessings.
October 30, 2014
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