Metro Chicago



Janelle Neubauer and Ulysses Burley would like to invite Metro Chicago Synod Lutheran young adults (age 18-30) to apply for the Metro Chicago Synod Young Adult Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, May 29 – June 9, 2015. This is an opportunity to travel to Palestine and Israel on an experiential learning trip with other young adults for the purpose of building awareness around issues of justice and peace in the Holy Land.KAB_4021

Trip Dates: May 29 – June 9, 2015

Estimated Cost: The cost of lodging, food, and travel in country will be approximately $1200. Airfare (into Tel Aviv, Israel) will be approximately $1000. Approximate Total cost: $2200 (Subject to change).

Trip Information:

What will we do in Palestine and Israel? We will visit key sites in and around Jerusalem and seek to build relationships with local Lutherans and other Christians engaged in the pursuit of peace in the Holy Land. We will connect with Palestinians and Israelis working for peace and justice.

What will we do in the US? We will meet via conference call, video conference, and retreat before and after the trip to learn about the historical, religious, socio-political, and cultural context of the region, leadership development, advocacy, and community organizing.

What are my responsibilities? Everyone who joins the trip will be encouraged to facilitate local engagement with the Peace Not Walls campaign in partnership with the Metro Chicago Synod Working Group on the Middle East.

Please fill out the online application to be considered for this opportunity. We are looking forward to receiving your submission!

Email Janelle Neubauer and Ulysses Burley with any questions ( and

The goals of our trip are to:

  1. Create an experience where participants represent the diversity of the city.
  2. Root ourselves in a faithful journey and require written reflections each day.
  3. Engage in conversations that build momentum and increase engagement back home, specifically with the ELCA’s Young Adult Ministry Justice Network.


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