This course, new to St. George’s College in 2020, offers an exciting opportunity for pilgrims who wish to experience the land from an entirely different perspective: walking. The course will spend five days following segments of the Jesus Trail in the Galilee (see www.jesustrail.com) from Sepphoris (Zippori) near Nazareth to Capernaum, staying each night in a guest house or hotel along the way. Walkers will only carry day bags; luggage will be sent to the next guest house via the bus. All segments are rated easy or moderate; the two hikes marked “difficult” on the website’s elevation chart will be taken by bus to make the entire journey more available to less experienced walkers. The longest daily walk is 8.95 miles (14.4km). The course will begin with a night in Jerusalem after arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and will return to Jerusalem for two more nights at the conclusion of the Jesus Trail walk.
The project “Building Dialogue and Community across Conflict” develops individual and institutional capacity for reconciliation and peacemaking.
The Footsteps of Jesus study pilgrimage which lasts for 10 days, invites participants to become pilgrims who follow the journey that Jesus and his first disciples made through the Holy Land. Its focus is more devotional than the longer Palestine of Jesus course, while still covering all the major sites.
The course aims to lead its members to be struck anew by the power of Jesus’ teaching and healing ministry, to experience both the joy and the sorrow of his journey to the cross, and to encounter the risen Christ at his tomb and in breaking bread together at Emmaus.
The Holy Land is a powerful theme in much Western art, but the land itself preserves a rich heritage of religious art from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. In this program, students engage with the Holy Land through a focus on media such as architecture, icons, inscriptions, mosaics, olive wood, sculpture, and stained glass windows.
Lambeth Bishops’ Course
This special pilgrimage, offered in 2020 only, is open to Bishops, their spouses, and members of their immediate traveling parties who attended recently concluded Lambeth Conference in the UK.
This course is designed to be a slightly shorter version of the Footsteps of Jesus course elsewhere described, focusing on the work and the ministry of bishops and their expression in the earliest traditions of the Holy Land. Bishops will visit and pray in the major sites associated with the life of Jesus and his earliest disciples and evangelists and will hear onsite presentations about their history, archaeology and place in biblical narratives. In addition, bishops and their companions will meet their fellow bishops in the historic Christian communities of Jerusalem as they may be available during the course timetable. Finally, course members will learn in greater depth about the thriving Ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem and the Province of the Middle East.
While this study pilgrimage emphasized the Christian traditions, it will also include aspects of Judaism and Islam and the contemporary political realities of peoples of the three Abrahamic faiths in Israel and Palestine.
In 2020 Eastern Orthodox Easter and western Easter will be one week apart, affording the remarkable opportunity to experience two very different Holy Weeks and Easters back-to-back in Jerusalem. It will include a three-day excursion to Galilee as well.
The Introduction to Bible Lands programme aims to change the way you read the Bible by combining biblical and historical studies with pilgrimage to key sites from the Old and New Testaments.
During the tour you will explore some of the key biblical landscapes to the east of the Jordan River, including the lands of Moab, Edom, and Midian. The Jordan study tour is intended as an add-on to our other programmes, but can also be taken as a stand-alone module.
The Palestine of Jesus course lasts for 10-14 days and combines biblical and historical studies with pilgrimage to selected sites connected with Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection.
This course is an interfaith experience for Jews, Christians and Muslims in which they will encounter the land of prophets, monarchs, and holy people of the Abrahamic faiths.