Frank Rogers and Andy Dreitcer Head to the Middle East

by Facilitator on January 26, 2011

Andy Dreitcer and Frank Rogers will spend eight days in the Middle East meeting with a variety of Israeli and Palestinian activists. Andy and Frank will also meet with faculty from Tel Aviv University to talk about the intersection of psychology, compassion, and reconciliation work.  Andy will blog about their January 27 through February 5 journey at Patheos.com.  You can follow their alternative tour here.

For more information about the tour read the latest post by pastor and tour leader Jeff Wright

Ancient Stones, Living Stones:  An Alternative Tour of Israel and Palestine

January 27-February 5, 2011

You’re invited to follow along as tour participants experience how many of the first-century realities that shaped Jesus’ life and ministry continue to shape the lives of contemporary Palestinians and Israelis.  In addition to exploring the ancient stones—historic sites that have defined the three monotheistic faiths—participants will engage the Living Stones: the Holy Land’s Jews, Muslims and Christians.

Conversations are scheduled with a wide variety of voices—from Israeli Jews who will describe the Zionist perspective and others who lead various Israeli peace organizations, to Palestinian Arabs (Christian and Muslim) who work for a non-violent and just peace (Jean Zaru, Archbishop Elias Chacour and others).  In Taybeh, we’ll be stopping by the only brewery in Palestine (www.taybehbeer.com)!  By engaging the people who live in the land—and the history, culture, and social realities that shape their lives—alternative (responsible) travel seeks to transform curious tourists into informed pilgrims.

Over the past twelve years, tour hosts Jeff and Janet Wright have served as short-term Board of Global Ministries mission volunteers to Palestine (www.globalministries.org).  Janet is a licensed clinical social worker and a volunteer with the Humanitarian Assistance Program for EMDR International (www.emdrhap.org).  Jeff is one of the pastors at Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fort Collins, Colorado (www.heartoftherockies.org).

Janet and her colleagues have been training Arab mental health professionals in EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing), a particularly effective treatment for trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

We’ve asked Andy Dreitcer and Frank Rogers, professors at the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology (and founders together with Mark Yaconelli of TRIPTYKOS, www.triptykos.com) to take the lead in organizing the daily blog.  Our hope is to include a few video blogs by Jamie Moffett of Jamie Moffett Media and Design (www.jamiemoffett.com), producer of a number of films documenting the lives of those who work for peace and justice.

We hope you will bookmark this blog and join us on our journey to the Holy Land.

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