Monday, February 4, 2008

Join us in the Holy Land: Listening in Love and Seeking Peace

I invite all my readers to consider making a trip to the Holy Land and to encourage others to visit too. In June I will lead a 9-day trip with my husband, Pastor Franz Schemmel. It will be my 16th visit to the lands of Palestine and Israel. Three years ago we led a very fine group headed by Bishop Kevin Kanouse of the ELCA's Northern Texas - Northern Louisiana Synod.

The brief blurb below describes the trip. A link to the detailed brochure is at the Group Travel web site -

Listening in Love and Seeking Peace in the Holy Land
Dates: 6/9/08 - 6/18/08
Cost: $2898

A blessing of faith and challenge awaits those who make this pilgrimage. We will go to the sites associated with the Jesus’ life and ministry and meet the leaders of today’s Lutheran ministries in Palestine. We will see the Separation Barrier and its effects on daily life. We will taste and experience the cultures of Israel and Palestine and explore the old city of Jerusalem. We will meet with people who are passionately involved in the effort toward peace with justice and worship with the Lutheran congregation in Bethlehem.

We plan to meet with Sabeel, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, leaders of the Deheishe refugee community, volunteers with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, leadership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land the the Lutheran World Federation ministries (Augusta Victoria Hospital). the Parents' Circle, and the Christiana Peacemakers Team in Hebron. There is so much more; please see the brochure. I feel this program is very strong. This pilgrimage will engage us in faith as we witness ancient sites and modern struggles. Please join us on this unforgettable journey.

Please share word of this opportunity as widely as you can. Thank you.

Ann Hafften and Pastor Franz Schemmel

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