Twenty five members of the Northwest Coast Presbytery returned May 10 after traveling to Israel/Palestine April 27-May 10 for a spiritual pilgrimage with Pilgrims of Ibillin, a Living Stones tour. They saw a number of the holy sites and walked where Jesus walked, but they also met with Palestinian Christians and Muslims, as well as Israeli Jews to hear their stories. They went to see where Jesus is alive among the people of the land today, those in the three great monotheistic faith traditions who are seeking a just peace.
This “Living Stones” tour grows out of scriptures message from when the women arrive at the empty tomb and are told by an angel: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” So too, we will not be seeking Jesus only among the stones and relics of the past, but among the “living stones,” the Christians, Muslims and Jews who are seeking Jesus’ way of peace in a conflict-ridden “unholy” land—and yet a land of the resurrection where anything is possible and we still hold on to hope.
Randy and Sally Hart, Ursula Gallagher, Gayle Gulick, Charlie Lewis, Howard and Rita Stoess, Herm and Carole VanLoo, George Vasil from Snohomish PC. Also in the group are Rev. Alan Dorway, Katherine Campbell, Steve and Judy Hammond, Jee Sook Kutz, Judy Kutz, Dana and Judy Wright—all from Everett First PC; Rev. Luke Hyder from Cascade View PC in Everett; Carol and Jerry Bates from Cottage Lake PC in Woodinville; Eli and Heidi Saikaly from Mukilteo, Jeanne Hoek and Minna Dimmick from North Creek PC.