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Living Stones Pilgrimage
February 25, 2018 - March 9, 2018
Pilgrimage to the Living Stones of Israel and the West Bank
This is a trip to visit and learn from the indigenous Church of Jerusalem. Life is not easy for the church there today, and it currently comprises less than two percent of the population of Israel and Palestine. The members of our Mother Church have invited us as their distant children to come for a visit in order to better understand the issues that now challenge their ministry. Most tours of Israel only visit the dead stones of old church buildings. This is a pilgrimage to the living stones that struggle today for survival. Some time will be spent seeing the holy sites of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, and Galilee; however, the focus of the trip will be on listening to the voices of our Mother Church. These living stones of the church will broaden our love for the whole Body of Christ.
As an ongoing expression of partnership in ministry, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s World Mission Initiative and Shadyside Presbyterian Church have again agreed to jointly sponsor this experience. Co-leading the trip are the Reverend Canon Dr. Catherine Brall, Director of Field Education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; the Reverend Todd E. Leach, Associate Pastor for Missions at Shadyside Presbyterian Church; and Dr. Robert Ross, Associate Professor of Global Cultural Studies at Point Park University.
From February 25 through March 9, please pray both for our mission team members as they travel and for the Christian communities of the Holy Land.