The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Global Mission program has been designed to allow congregations and individuals to accompany Presbyterian mission partners in Canada and overseas through short-term mission experiences. As you share in the mission of the church you will serve others, enhance your personal growth, learn skills and grow in your faith.
Palestine/Israel: A Moment of Truth Witness Tour
Dates: May 6-17, 2019
Participant Contribution and Deadlines:
Register by January 21, 2019 – $4000
Led by the Rev. Noel and the Rev. Dr. Dorcas Gordon, this trip will:
- Meet and worship with local Palestinian Christians
- Travel to Hebron, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Haifa, Jerusalem and other historic cities
- Visit Biblical sites in Jericho, the River Jordan, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, The Mount of Beatitudes and Tiberius
- Meet with leaders and human rights groups from different faith communities to hear their experiences
- Learn about peace building initiatives being undertaken by partners of The Presbyterian Church in Canada
During this twelve-day tour inspired by the Kairos Document’s invitation “to come and see,” participants will explore ancient biblical sites and probe the present-day realities of military occupation. Following the biblical life cycle of Jesus, we will begin in Bethlehem, travel on to the Galilee and conclude in Jerusalem. A sample of our itinerary follows:
While in Bethlehem we will:
- Visit the Church of the Nativity, the Grotto of St. Jerome and walk through Shepherds’ Fields;
- Meet with Dr. Mazin Qumsieh, Professor at Bethlehem University, to learn about the natural history of Palestine; tour Aida Refugee Camp;
- Visit the YM/YWCA Olive Planting project and spend time in conversation and fellowship with Palestinian Presbyterians at Baraka PC; learn about the Tent of All Nations;
- Visit the divided city of Hebron and the mosque/synagogue where the tombs of Abraham and Sarah, Rebekah and Isaac are located, walk along Shahadah Street to Checkpoint 56;
In Galilee we will:
- Sail on the Sea of Galilee; reaffirm baptismal vows at the Jordan River;
- Visit Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, the church of the Loaves and Fishes;
- Spend time in Cana, Nazareth and Haifa;
- In a visit to Iqrit, a contested Palestinian village near the Lebanese border, learn about the 500 Palestinian villages destroyed during the Nakba, gain insight into the Druze religion;
- Tour a UN peace-keeping site on the Golan Heights with its view of the Syrian border;
Moving to Jerusalem we will
- Walk down the Mount of Olives, visiting churches along the way;
- Follow the Via Dolorosa through the Old City to the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher with time to shop in the bazaar; celebrate communion in the Garden Tomb;
- Travel to Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world continuing to the Dead Sea.
- Visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum; in Ramallah meet both with officials of the Palestinian Authority and representatives of the Canada Mission;
- Learn about the importance of Jerusalem from Jewish, Christian and Moslem leaders;
- Hear about the work of B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization; Kairos, a Christian Palestinian initiative; Rabbis for Human Rights and the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre.
Healing and Reconciliation Tour: Continuing the Journey
Dates: June 15–26, 2019
Participant Contribution and Deadlines:
Register by February 1, 2019: $1,200 (Early Bird)
Register by April 1, 2019: $1,500
The cost of the healing and reconciliation trip includes your flight to Winnipeg and return flight from Saskatoon, local transportation, accommodation and costs of any cultural experiences. Meals are extra, though there may be some hosted meals. Every effort will be made to find reasonable places to eat.
In 1994, The Presbyterian Church in Canada confessed its role in the tragic legacy of the Indian Residential Schools. This trip, led by David Phillips, will help you learn some of the complex issues related to the PCC’s involvement in the schools and how we have been walking alongside and with Indigenous brothers and sisters as we live out the spirit of the confession and work towards reconciliation. You will:
- Visit PCC ministries working with Indigenous peoples in Kenora, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Mistawasis
- See cultural and historic sites like the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and meet with representatives from the University of Manitoba Indigenous Business Education and more”
- Listen to Indigenous people sharing their stories and experiences
- Learn about healing and reconciliation initiatives being undertaken by people across Canada
- Consider our response to issues of health, education, families, water and housing
Designed for both ministers and lay people.
Provide Ecumenical Accompaniment in the Palestinian Territories
Three-month opportunities starting quarterly. Applications are being accepted for 2020.
Are you passionate about human rights, justice and peace? Are you eager to learn about life in Palestine and Israel? The Presbyterian Church in Canada is accepting applications for volunteers to participate in the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Ecumenical Accompaniers spend three months living in the West Bank or East Jerusalem to support the work of Palestinians and Israelis pursuing a just peace based on international law. Specifically, Ecumenical Accompaniers will:
- Live alongside local communities to witness life under occupation
- Provide protective presence to vulnerable communities facing threats of settler violence or harassment
- Monitor and report on human rights abuses and violations to international humanitarian law
- Stand in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis pursuing a just peace through nonviolent resistance to the occupation
- Commit to engaging in public speaking, writing articles and other advocacy initiatives after returning home
Contact Lily Ko if you are interested in participating in this mission experience.