Calling Young Adults of Color!



Phase Two trip leaders on the Mount of Olives (Jerusalem, 2017)

ELCA Young Adults and the Peace Not Walls Campaign are excited to announce the dates of SIX 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. Select from one of the dates below to discover which trip is best for you!

Upcoming trips:

  1. May 22-June 2, 2020: Led by Harleigh Boldridge and Bahati Mwitula
  2. July 22 – Aug 2, 2020: Led by Rozella White and Antoine Cummings

Trips that already happened in 2019 and the beginning of 2020:

  1. March 1-12 2019: Led by Rev. Tuhina Rasche and Mae Helen Jackson
  2. June 21- July 2 2019: Led by Damaris Allen and Rev. Nathan Allen
  3. January 2-13, 2020: Led by Hannah Wright Osborn, Xavier Thomas, Pedro Andre Lazo Rivera

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Deep Understanding Comes Through Deep Connection

By: Pedro André Lazo Rivera, Student at Tufts University (Somerville, MA)


I tried my best to end up anywhere else on Earth, but there I was. After answering an email from a person I hadn’t spoken to in two years, scrambling to finish my semester weeks in advance and dropping everything with a half a moment’s notice, I was halfway around the world, surrounded by a team of strangers, and wondering if I was in over my head. As we began to make our final descent towards Tel Aviv, The White City revealed itself to us. It had been almost a year since I had left Puerto Rico, the small Caribbean island I had lived in my whole life, to study in the United States. I had gone a long way from home, but I never thought I’d find myself here, about to walk over the most disputed soil on Earth, hovering back and forth between a young Jewish country willing to do anything to survive and an old Arab nation that has stood resolute for millennia. Continue reading

Defining Identity

By: Rev. Tuhina Rasche (San Carlos, CA)


Rev. Tuhina Rasche walking along the separation/security wall in Bethlehem, Palestine.

As a second generation Indian-American woman, I often times struggle with my identity in multiple spaces and how my story is told into these spaces. This is both tragic and comical, as much of my work and ministry deals with the perception of identities within church settings. But identity is extremely complicated; what are the labels with which we use to self-identify, but also, what are the labels that are then placed upon us by outside forces? Who gets to tell our story? As a person who longs for a sense of place in the world, how a story is told and who tells a story matters a great deal to me.

But what happens when your identity is controlled by outside forces that strip away your humanity on a multitude of levels? What happens when the words that define your flesh are taken away from you? When your sense of place becomes literally dislocated and your own home becomes a place of wilderness? What happens when your narrative, the ability to tell your story, is taken away from you?

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