"We are not condemned to live together, we are rather privileged to live together -- to accept each other and to become a sign of hope for our local people, for the Middle East and for all those thousands who visit the Holy Places." –Archbishop Elias Chacour

Pilgrims of Ibillin

THE VISION of Pilgrims of Ibillin is to foster peace and justice in Israel-Palestine through education.

Abuna Elias Chacour

A three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Elias Chacour recently retired from serving as the Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church for Akko, Haifa, Nazareth, and all Galilee. He founded the Mar Elias Schools over 30 years ago.
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“Living Stones” trips to Israel/Palestine

Pilgrims of Ibillin is offering 2 pilgrimages in 2015. Read the blog from our great May trip (and past pilgrimages) at LivingStonesPilgrimage.org. Registration is open now for the October trip. If you're interested in a tour focused on meeting today's peace-makers in Israel/Palestine, please join us Oct. 16-29. Questions? Contact Joan Deming at 608-241-9281 or pilgrimsofibillin@gmail.com. Click the "more information" button for full itinerary and registration info.
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Building Peace on Desktops

Near Galilee, in Northern Israel, students of all religions gather together on a daily basis in the classrooms of Mar Elias Educational Institutions not only to get a superior education but also to work together to promote peace, justice, and reconciliation in the Middle East. MEEI has become a shining beacon of hope for all people of the Holy Land - and around the world.

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Executive Director:
The Rev. Joan Deming
608-241-9281 office/home
608-235-1046 mobile

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To donate by check, make payable to Pilgrims of Ibillin and mail: ℅ Cho Kwan, CPA; 311 Oak St, Suite 111; Oakland, CA 94607. Pilgrims of Ibillin is a 501c3 nonprofit and donations are deductible under US tax law. Our tax # is 38-3243253.
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