Bishop Hayes has confirmed the itinerary for the July 4-15 clergy educational tour he will lead in the Holy Land. Those who have expressed their desire to participate will be contacted soon.
"We will walk, see, feel, and touch the roots of our faith, encounter the Divine, and sense God’s presence," Bishop Hayes said. "Arriving home, our Bible will never be the same, for it will be alive in our eyes.
"My recent trip to Israel changed my life in such a profound way that I would like to invite newly ordained pastors to have the opportunity to experience what I did."
The trip is primarily designed for clergypersons ordained within the last six years, with a limited goal of 45 people.
The first two days are dedicated to air travel to Jerusalem.
July 6—Mount of Olives, sites in Jerusalem
7—Dead Sea area, including Massada
8—Jerusalem, retracing Jesus’ last steps
9—Bethlehem and the Garden Tomb
10—Old City, including the Jewish Quarter
11—Jericho and the Jordan Valley
12—Northern Israel (the area of the tribe of Dan)
13—Sea of Galilee area, including sailing in a replica fishing boat and a baptism service at the Jordan River
14—Coastal plain, including Nazareth and Caesarea
15—Depart for home
The cost per person, $3,999, is based on double occupancy and includes round-trip airfare from Oklahoma City, most meals, and 10 nights’ lodging. Funding options are being developed.
Registrars are Derrek Belase and Dena Dunkerson, in Stillwater, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not previously noted your interest, you may still do so.
Go to www.okumc.org/Bishops_schedule for the detailed itinerary.