Interfaith Holy Land Pilgrimage Posted November 22, 2013 by ifpadmin

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The Interfaith Peace Project cosponsored an Interfaith Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Thirty-four pilgrims visited an array of sites celebrating the various faith traditions of humankind. We encountered the gods and goddesses of ancient Rome whose military presence transformed the land into the Kingdom of Caesar. The Galilean struggle for freedom impressed us as not even the fear of death deterred them from their cause. The Druid community overwhelmed us with their simplicity of faith lived in everything they do. The Baha’i community of Haifa beautifies the earth with their spectacular gardens signifying the glory and beauty of God. We were immersed in the ancient ruins of Petra whose people lived life in the expectation of the next life where peace would finally be attained. The Muslims called us to prayer as we journeyed through the countryside and meandered through the streets of Jerusalem. We welcomed the Shabbat at the Western Walls as thousands danced and sang in jubilation. Finally, we encountered the Christians of Bethlehem hoping anew that peace would be born in our hearts.

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  • Jeanne Mazy January 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    A pilgrimage is more than a trip or vacation. The experience will linger long, in the many pictures taken, meals shared, sites visited and prayed at, but mostly in the inner being, the soul.
    As today, the two month anniversary of our return, the feeling of the peoples, their joy, hardships and perseverance toward peace fill me with hope for the future. While the Christmas season has come and gone, the readings in the Bible remind me of the site and meanings of our personal pilgrimage through this land like no other.
    It is with heartfelt thanks I offer to each and every fellow pilgrim who helped make this experience a life changing, positive spiritual one.
    May the New Year find you all with peace in our hearts, sharing the joys and blessings we all received.

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  • Diana White November 23, 2013 at 2:50 am

    How wonderful to experience such diversity in such a sacred space. I guess this diversity is what make the land holy.

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