Youth for Peace Pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel

Youth for Peace Pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel

Opening/Closing Date: 
February 8, 2019 to March 25, 2019
Anticipated Start Date: 
August 12, 2019

Pilgrim in Mission | August 12–23, 2019 | $500–$1,000 | Young Adults (ages 18–35)

Photo of Palestinian homes at night
Kaitlin Bardswich

The United Church of Canada is seeking 12 young adults (ages 18–35) representing the broad diversity of the church to participate in its Youth for Peace Pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel led by the Very Rev. David Giuliano and the Rev. Vicki McPhee.

This is a Pilgrims in Mission opportunity offered through the United Church’s People in Partnership program.

Come and See experiences have been developed in response to a call from Mission & Service partners in Palestine and Israel for engagement of United Church of Canada members and other Christian denominations to Come and See first-hand the impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian life and consider what is needed for a just peace. This 2019 program is particularly timely as 2019 is the 10th anniversary of Kairos Palestine’s “A Moment of Truth” document and the 10th anniversary of the first United Church of Canada Youth for Peace Pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel.


To enable pilgrims:

  • to connect their faith with the places that were the setting for the life of Jesus and early Christians
  • to learn about, observe, and reflect on key issues in Palestine and Israel, including the impact of occupation on children; the efforts and aspirations of youth and young adults; causes, impacts, and alleviation of conflict; the occupation, including Christian Zionism; and justice-seeking and advocacy efforts by Mission & Service partners and others around the world
  • to experience a context in which Christians, Jews, and Muslims live, and the importance of the Holy Land to each of these faith groups
  • to meet with United Church partners in Palestine and Israel, including youth and young adults whose work is supported by United Church Mission & Service
  • to learn more about the obstacles to and possibilities for peace in Palestine and Israel, and how pilgrims can engage in education and advocacy efforts for just peace upon return

Expected Outcomes of Visit

  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the United Church of Canada Mission & Service–supported mission and ministries in Palestine and Israel and the context in which they are engaged.
  • Participants will develop an intentional intercultural Christian pilgrim community and meet inspiring leaders and communities that nurture and support their growing leadership for church and the world.
  • Participants will contribute to a strengthened relationship with Mission & Service partners in Palestine and Israel with a particular connection with young adults.
  • Participants will return and share with others the obstacles and possibilities for peace in Palestine and Israel and contribute courageously to growing efforts for a just peace among United Church communities and beyond, including the No Way to Treat a Child campaign.

Host Partner

Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center (M&S partner)


To be developed by local host to include exposure visits, opportunity to worship with local churches and visits to Holy Land sites based on stated goals and for mutual benefit with host’s mission. More details to come.


Orientation: April: Conference call
June 14–16: In-person orientation—Toronto (expenses covered)
July: Conference call

Pilgrimage: August 12–23, 2019

Debriefs: September (virtual) and November (virtual)


Each individual will be asked to make a contribution of $1,000, which can be a combination of personal and community contributions and grants. Up to $500 of this contribution can be applied for through the Continuing Education Bursaries through the Vision Fund. The balance of costs (orientation session and travel costs, and flight, insurance, and in-country pilgrimage costs) to be provided by the General Council Office.

People in Partnership believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in their programs. If the cost of an opportunity presents a barrier, please contact us at pip [at] to find out more about alternative means of resourcing and financial support.

Applicant Profile

  • United Church–engaged young adults (18–35)
  • demonstrated commitment to, and engagement in, The United Church of Canada (locally, regionally, and/or nationally)
  • knowledge and interest in Palestine and Israel, and desire to learn more
  • if already active, a willingness to continue to be part of networks of education and faithful advocacy on just peace in Palestine and Israel and to offer leadership to others on these issues
  • willingness to share stories and experiences with global partners, and to learn from their context and stories
  • committed to a process of study and orientation pre-departure, full participation in the experience, debriefing upon return, and continued active partnership
  • commitment and capacity to speak to United Church and community groups about the experience and its impact on their faith journey
  • commitment to courageously engage in advocacy for a just peace
  • hold a valid Canadian passport that does not expire before March 2020


  • written piece (about 400 words) summarizing the experience, with five hi-resolution photos and/or alternative communications to share the experience as developed with PIP staff
  • speaking engagements to United Church communities of faith about the experience and participation in development of a video; People in Partnership will include you on their posted Speakers List
  • ongoing engagement in advocacy for a just peace
  • carrying out specific action plans developed as a group with fellow pilgrims
To Apply

Apply directly to People in Partnership online by March 25, 2019.

The United Church is committed to equity, diversity, justice, and to creating a positive and supportive environment for people of all identities and backgrounds. ALL qualified people are encouraged to apply!

Contact Information

For more background information please contact pip [at] or go to:

Wi’am Minute for Mission video
Wi’am website