Want to travel to the Holy Land?

You can plan a meaningful pilgrimage to the Holy Land with support from the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls team. By working with our Peace Not Walls trip liaison located in Jerusalem and Peace Not Walls staff in the United States, you can connect with Palestinian Lutherans, local contacts and organizations before and during your visit to the Holy Land.

Find a step-by-step guide to planning a trip, information about visiting the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land congregations and related ministries, and other tools for making connections on the resources page under the "Travel" tab.

2019 Trips for Young Adults of Color

ELCA Young Adults and the Peace Not Walls Campaign are excited to announce the dates of FIVE trips for young adults of color who are interested in visiting the Holy Land. These trips are a part of the Peace Not Walls Young Adult Engagement Strategy – Phase Two. Each trip is led by a pair or trio of young adults of color who applied to be trip leaders in 2016. They have traveled to the Holy Land and have been engaged in learning, networking, and support over the past two years in preparation for leading trips in 2019.

Trips will explore issues of faith, justice, and culture. Trips are designed by each team to reflect their gifts and passions. We practice accompaniment with each trip, not focusing on serving or otherwise “doing”. We are concerned with engaging people in the region for the purpose of relationship building.

Each trip will have different requirements, costs, and application procedures. Click here to see the dates for the 2019 trips and discover which trip is best for you!

Planning your own trip 

Many commercial tour companies plan and lead effective group visits to the Holy Land. Group Travel Directors is recommended by numerous ELCA trip leaders. They have a stated commitment to and demonstrated track record of providing exposure to a range of Palestinian and Israeli experiences and perspectives and to the region’s Christian population and Lutheran ministries. They also agree to make responsible use of Palestinian tour providers while in the Holy Land. Please be assured the ELCA receives no financial compensation for recommending this company.

For more information

Contact the Peace Not Walls team by email or call 773-380-2875.


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