This is Melanie and Natalie and we would like to invite you to join us on the Rocky Mountain Synod young adult trip to the Holy Land this May!
Melanie is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she got her degree in Geography with a certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. Throughout her life, she has been involved with the ELCA through Peace Not Walls, Campus Ministry, the Lutheran Youth Organization, and the ELCA Malaria Campaign. She is an experienced international traveler and is excited to lead a group to the Holy Land!
Natalie is a junior at the University of Colorado and a board member of Lutheran Campus ministries at CU. She is studying International Affairs, Political Science, and Peace and Conflict Studies, and has experience with various organizations in Kenya, Nepal, Palestine, and Peru. She also works as a research assistant for CU’s Conflict Information Consortium, and has mentorship experience through the Denver organization BoldLeaders as well as CU’s Norlin Scholars program. She can’t wait to embark on this journey with everyone!
When: See note at the top of the page
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.
Cost: The cost of lodging, food, and travel in country will be approximately $1450. Airfare (into Tel Aviv, Israel, estimated from Denver) will be approximately $1300-1500. Approximate Total cost: $2900 (Subject to change).
What will we do in the US?: We will meet via conference call and video conference before the trip and a in weekend-long retreat in Colorado in the following months to learn about the historical, religious, socio-political, and cultural context of the region, as well as further engagement in justice-seeking. Everyone who joins the trip will be encouraged to engage with the Rocky Mountain Synod Peace Not Walls group, as well as the newly forming Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) young adult justice network.
- Come with an open mind, a positive attitude, a desire to learn, and a willingness to try new experiences
- Be respectful and supportive of your fellow travelers, trip leaders, hosts-in-country, individuals we meet, and the local culture
- Follow the directions of the trip leaders
- Be prepared to walk, as we will visit some sites only accessible by foot
- Participate in pre-trip preparation (conference calls, readings, etc.)
- Attend a follow-up retreat in Colorado in August 2015 to process the trip and to learn about engagement with the Rocky Mountain Synod Peace Not Walls group and the ELCA young adult justice network.
The goals of this trip are to:
- Develop an understanding of the conflict in Palestine and Israel and its complexities
- Engage in spiritual formation through a pilgrimage of living stones
- Equip ourselves as change-makers seeking a more just world