Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Itinerary announced for clergy Holy Land tour with bishop


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, highlandparkumc@suddenlinkmail.com.  If you have not previously noted your interest, you may still do so.

Go to www.okumc.org/Bishops_schedule  for the detailed itinerary.


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