Tomorrow we leave for Israel. From Rochester we go through JFK, then on to Istanbul where we have a three hour layover and finally to Tel Aviv. We should arrive Friday afternoon Israeli time. We are thirteen travelers. One Jew, two Muslims and a motley assortment of Christians, including a nun, an Episcopal priest, a Presbyterian pastor and various lay Christians of different denominations. This trip is organized by the Center for International Education and the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College. We have already had three pre-trip meetings where we enjoyed lectures covering the origins of the three Abrahamic faiths. We had a lively discussion about prophets and prophesy from the three religious perspectives, which gave us a wonderful preview of the rich conversation we will enjoy as we journey through the Holy Land.
I will try to blog every night, but my success at doing so will entirely depend on the quality of the internet connection!
Expect a first installment by Saturday morning, USA time.