The mission of the The Global Immersion Project is to cultivate everyday peacemakers through immersion in global conflict. We are a global organization that believes in the just impact, locally and globally, that North Americans can make if we learn to live in the posture of a learner with God, ourselves, each other, and those who inhabit our global village.
Our Learning Communities are open to various genres of difference-makers (marketplace leaders, educators, artists, local church leaders, non-profit entrepreneurs, etc.) that commit to a two month course that culminates in a 10 day experience on the ground in Israel and the West Bank, Palestine.
Our cultivation will take place in three phases: (1) understanding; (2) exposure; and (3) integration. The understanding phase begins as our learning community reads literature, watches documentaries, immerses in the Scriptures, meets local Israelis and Palestinians, and processes what we’re learning. The exposure phase occurs on the ground in the Holy Land as we share time with new friends (Israeli and Palestinian) who have lived and will share diverse narratives of life in conflict. This middle phase involves shared tables, friendship-making, and historical and contemporary storytelling in the places where history (ancient and more recent) has been and where contemporary life is being lived out. We will find ourselves in the middle of injustice, pain, collective suffering, celebration, hope, and reconciliation.
The integration phase begins during our last two days of the experience. Together, we will process and learn from our journey as a whole while gaining the necessary resources to live as everyday peacemakers within our North American contexts. Understanding that our work begins upon our return, it is in this third phase that we will begin formalizing answers to the “What now?” question and exploring myriad ways of living as peacemakers here. The hope is that we would continue to develop into people who tangibly live, love, and lead like Jesus.
Cost: Roughly $3000 + Flight
Dates: We offer multiple Learning Labs each year, with 17 people in each. Our next Learning Lab will begin on January 1st and we be in Israel/Palestine from February 28-March 10. We will host another in the Fall beginning on September 1st, 2014.
Participation: If you and/or your community would like to participate in the future or if you have questions, please go to my contact page or our official Global Immersion Project website.