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St. Mark’s Pilgrimage

Where then is my hope? Job 17:15

St. Mark’s held a meeting with their church to share their stories from Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Below are the notes from Josie Jordan’s presentation… I experienced hope during our homestay with a Palestinian family in Burqin nestled in the northern region of the West Bank. Burqin is a small town of 6,000 people in…

Walls and Walls – A Pilgrim’s Perspective

This blog post comes from traveler Susan Goodwillie Stedman (former St. Mark’s Parishioner who joined us from Maine for the 2015 Pilgrimage in Israel/Palestine/Jordan. Her late husband, Bruce Stedman, had been an assistant to Count Bernadotte, the UN Negotiator in Jerusalem in 1947-48 and who was assassinated by the Israeli Stern Gang). She emailed the following…

Seeds of Hope, as seen in the Arts

St. Mark’s held a meeting with their church to share their stories from Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Below are notes from Marjorie Coombs Wellman’s presentation… We saw numerous examples of artistic pursuits on the trip, even where it seemed most bleak but all reflected the basic humanity and human dignity of the people who created them  some…

Surprises

Today’s blog post comes from traveler Stephanie Deutsch and photographs by traveler David Deutsch… A pilgrimage such as ours is full of surprises. I knew we would go to the Temple Mount, the most famous site in Jerusalem but I didn’t know exactly how much we would be able to visit there. I had surprises…

Day #3…What a Day…What a Trip!

Today’s blog post comes from traveler David Willson. Today we learned about the challenges and issues presented by Israeli settlements in Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem. Sania from Silwan We heard from Sania, a resident of the ancient village of Silwan, a Palestinian community. She spoke about the struggle of families who try to maintain…

Nooks and Crannies

Today’s blog post comes from David Deutsch… Stephanie and I visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre while on the St. Mark’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Needless to say the place was jumping: the overwhelming visual impression of many Christians of different faiths solemnly partaking in the spiritual atmosphere of [one of] the most important places in…

A Blessing of the Pilgrims

August 23, 2015 – We invited the St. Mark’s community, our families and friends, to travel with us to the Holy Land. Our trip officially begins September 1 in Jerusalem, but we have been preparing for over a year with readings, films and speakers. We have committed to listen to those living in the Holy…