Session 1: Belonging

Many people walk on the sidewalk in a busy city scene

In Israel and Palestine, one’s identity and sense of belonging is often in conflict with the community one lives in. In this first session you’ll hear from individuals living in the Holy Land who represent different religions, ethnicities, and nationalities. In listening to their stories, you will gain an appreciation for the political, religious and cultural complexity of the region. 

This session connects the story of Jesus speaking in the synagogue when he claims his identity with the many and varied identities of people living in the Holy Land today. 

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Session 1: Facilitator Guide

Session 1: Participant Guide

Getting to Know the Holy Land – Diocese of Jerusalem

Gospel Passage – Luke 4:14-21

Video 1: Gospel Reflection by Archbishop Hosam Naoum
Video 2: Belonging and Identity
Video 3: Engagement Spotlight: Ahli Arab Hospital and Epiphany Parish of Seattle