Calling Young Adults of Color!

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Phase Two trip leaders on the Mount of Olives (Jerusalem, 2017)

ELCA Young Adults and the Peace Not Walls Campaign are excited to announce the dates of FIVE trips for young adults of color who are interested in visiting the Holy Land. These trips are a part of the Peace Not Walls Young Adult Engagement Strategy – Phase Two. Each trip is led by a pair or trio of young adults of color who applied to be trip leaders in 2016. They have traveled to the Holy Land and have been engaged in learning, networking, and support over the past two years in preparation for leading trips in 2019.

Trips will explore issues of faith, justice, and culture. Trips are designed by each team to reflect their gifts and passions. We practice accompaniment with each trip, not focusing on serving or otherwise “doing”. We are concerned with engaging people in the region for the purpose of relationship building.

Each trip will have different requirements, costs, and application procedures. Select from one of the dates below to discover which trip is best for you!

  1. March 1-12 2019: Led by Rev. Tuhina Rasche and Mae Helen Jackson
  2. June 6- 16 2019: Led by Andrea Richardson and Antoine Cummings
  3. June 21- July 2 2019: Led by Damaris Allen and Rev. Nathan Allen
  4. July 10- 21, 2019: Led by Harleigh Boldridge and Bahati Mwitula
  5. November 8-19 2019: Led by Nicole Newman, Corey Holmes, and Rev. Brady Radford

Contact us for more information!

 

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Discovery

By: Corey Holmes, PhD Researcher, Howard University

I must admit, I was uninformed regarding the magnitude of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  I knew of Yasser Arafat and his commitment to peace in the Middle East, earning him a share of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.  I also understood that Israel was “holy ground” for God’s people and the place where many citizens go to worship and visit holy sites.  After visiting Israel for almost two weeks, it is still a very complex place where some form of all sides hold truth.  This post is simply thoughts on my experiences while in Israel meeting with Palestinians, visiting holy sites, and listening to views on this conflict.

The remapping of lines to construct borders is nothing new.  During 1884-85, the Berlin Conference in the Scramble for Africa divided the African continent among 13 European countries, in the quest for civility and a “Christian way of life”. Imperialism and eventually colonialism was established, and currently Africa is starting to feel the effects of elitism and classism among its diverse populations.

Comparably, the first Prime Minister of Israel, David-Ben Gurion, with the blessing of U.S. President Harry Truman, created the independent sovereign state of Israel in May 1948.  A few years prior, the United States was faced with a tough decision due to the potential alliance of the Soviet Union (its starkest enemy at the time), with Arab nations who held most of the world’s oil resources.  President Truman wanted the U.S. Department of State to conduct talks with both Jews and Arabs to see if a resolution was possible before intervening.  In 1946, President Truman created a special cabinet led by Assistant Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Grady, to oversee the region and conduct negotiations with the British who held economic and political interests in Palestine.  The U.S. Department of State recommended the creation of a United Nations trusteeship with limits on Jewish immigration, and the division of Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab provinces, not states. Continue reading