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What is Holy Land Dialogues?

This is not your typical pilgrimage.

Dates: February 23 – March 1, 2020

When was the last time you rode a camel? Or haggled for spices in a market? Or heard a muezzin’s call to prayer, while church bells rang in the distance? No…just us? How about the last time you spoke to someone of another religion, bonded with someone your age from a country you’ve never been to, or journeyed to the very origins of your faith?

HLD takes you on a journey like no other.

Of course, we will see the Holy Sites. We will pray and we will grow in our faith. But we will also learn about the very people who live in the Holy Land. The foods, the fights, the daily life. We don’t promise that you won’t be challenged. We do promise that you will never be the same.

Bold words, we know.

At HLD, we want to understand how people in the Holy Land get along: their customs, history, and cultures. We’ll explore how Christians, Jews, and Muslims perceive the Holy Land, both in its ancient history and current reality. The more we know, the more we will understand each other. And this, together with people from all over the world.

“I have to say it’s been the best experience of my life.”

The keynote speakers of the HLD talks are provided by the Social Trends Institute, a center that seeks to make sense of emerging social trends and their effects on contemporary society. The talks take place as dialogues, to help the participants get to know the current problems together with historical context.

Holy Land Dialogues is a project of Saxum Foundation, whose mission is to foster understanding of the values deeply rooted in the Holy Land, so as to facilitate dialogue among cultures, strengthen peace, and promote the common good.

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