December 6, 2017
Pamela and I are about to set off on yet another adventure. I’ve been asked by our friends with The Tree of Life Educational Fund to co-lead a trip to Palestine/Israel with Dr. Reza Mansoor (The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford) and The Rev. Dr Steve Jungkeit (1st Congregational Church, Old Lyme). We will lead a small delegation of young adults of color, faith/community leaders from our community to join up with other travellers for an amazing immersion experience.
The theme of this trip is “The Right of Return: 70 years of Refugees in Palestine, Israel and Beyond”. It will be an opportunity for travellers to reflect on how Islam and Christianity both speak to the condition of refugees (Jesus and Mohammed were themselves both refugees). It will also be an opportunity to learn about and to experience places sacred to Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, while also learning from the wisdom and expertise of fellow travelers. In addition, some of us will spend some time in Jordan, where we’ll have an opportunity to witness the refugee situation in a different country, while also visiting historic sites such as Petra and the Wadi Rum.
We need your financial help to make this trip happen. In the next few weeks during this season of giving, please consider a contribution large or small to aid in this once in a lifetime trip!
We’ve set up a gofundme page for your convenience!!!!
Thank you for help!!!! We will leave on January 2nd, God willing!!!! We promise to share our journey with all of you.
Bishop John Selders