Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Teens Return from Holy Land Tour

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Teens Return from Holy Land Tour

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FIFTEEN teenagers from nine churches within the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, CA returned Aug. 15 from a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Early the next day, nine of them talked about their travels at a luncheon in the Diocese Cathedral overlooking Echo Park.

A special surprise was the appearance of Bishop J. Jon Bruno, who questioned the youths about their impressions of the trip, for which each had raised $3,000 to cover travel expenses. When the Bishop mentioned he had just talked to their Jerusalem hosts on the phone, the teens spoke fondly of each person he mentioned by name.

"This pilgrimage to the Holy Land will change your life," Bishop Bruno said. "Before you left, you thought you were going to Israel. Now you see there are two lands there. In the future, if you hear someone say Arabs are terrorists, you can object with your personal experiences with Palestinians. Your bus driver, Ali, is a haji, which means he has made his pilgrimage to Mecca. When you were touring all those churches, Ali probably laid his prayer rug beside the bus and prayed. …

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