A new blog will give insight into the experiences of pilgrims on a tour of Israel and Palestine sponsored by CRCDS. The group of 14 left in early June and are led by Drs. Mark Brummitt (Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation) and Melanie Duguid May (John Price Crozer Professor of Theology), who organized the trip.
The travelers have already met with people from the diverse–and often conflicted–religious and cultural communities that live in the region. Drs. Brummit and Duguid May have designed the pilgrimage as a way of bearing witness to the conflict between Jews, Muslims and Christians there, and to engage in prayer and worship alongside lectures on issues both ancient and modern. The participants will visit all the key holy sites, as well as the main Palestinian refugee camps within the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The blog will be updated throughout the summer with writings and other reflections, as the pilgrims take time to process and compose their impressions and thoughts.
Access the blog and read the first post by CRCDS alumna Barbara Zelter (M.A., 2011) here.