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Day 5: Ibillin, Tel Dan, Banias, Golan Heights Winery

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  1. Samuel Baez permalink
    July 31, 2009 4:43 pm

    I am very interested in receiving a reply, especially with reference to your PTS group’s visit to Mar Elias.
    Don’t know if your group is familiar with Pilgrims of Ibillin (Bob Sawyer, Executive Director, from NC. He’s in touch with MEEI and Father (Archbishop) Elias Chacour, founder of the school and now Melkite Archbishop for all Galilee. He’s author of Blood Brothers and We Too Belong to the Land. I noted Ryan
    Timpte’s article in PTS news as well as your blog, Ronnell Howard. Please reply. Our church, the Old Lyme First Congregational Church, Old Lyme, CT has had 7 journeys (called Tree of Life Journeys) and 4 annual conferences on the situation in the Near East (especially Palestine and Israel). The Rev. David W. Good has been the prime mover in these journeys. He would be interested. I will forward this info. to him.
    His e-mail is I have been on 3 trips to P-I and volunteered 10 days at MEEI in 2/08 and know Father Chacour whose headquarters is now in Haifa. Please respond, if possible.

  2. Ryan Timpte permalink*
    August 5, 2009 8:28 pm

    Hi Samuel – I am incredibly glad that you and your congregation are as aware of the situation as you seem to be, particularly in Ibillin. One of the professors who led the trip, Gordon Mikoski, is actually on the board of (and helped found, I think?) the Pilgrims of Ibillin. He had hoped to introduce us to the Archbishop while we were there, but as our trip coincided with that of the Pope, the Archbishop had duties elsewhere. Definitely forward this info to Rev. Good, we’d love to hear his comments, too!

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