Holy Land Trust

We are pleased to partner with Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem.

Holy Land Trust believes that peace in the Holy Land is possible. Not only that, we believe that the Holy Land will one day become a global model for peace, justice, equality and reconciliation between peoples. In order to achieve this vision, we aim to discover the core challenges within ourselves (as individuals and communities) that block such a vision from being fulfilled. After more than 10 years of community engagement and learning, Holy Land Trust has developed three principles that we believe are core to end violence and bring true peace.

Nonviolence
Nonviolence is at the heart of Holy Land Trust’s work and is incorporated into everything we do and strive for. We seek to live out nonviolence as a core spiritual teaching, not only as a pragmatic approach to dealing with conflict.

Our nonviolence projects, trainings and activities (for children, youth, and adults) provide participants with tools that assist them in building communities founded on the principles of nonviolence and develop strategies and actions that allow them to address all forms of oppression and violence.

Leadership
In order to achieve a future that seems impossible to so many, leaders first need to engage in new levels of thinking that allows for them to fully see the possibility of peace in the Holy Land and work towards that vision. Our nonlinear training methodology seeks to inspire leaders to broaden and deepen their impact on community-led efforts for social and political change.

We focus on creating breakthrough results through envisioning a bold future which is informed by and honors the past, but is fully independent from it. Through our trainings and follow up coaching, participants learn how to step out of their perceived limitations and discover their true ability to engage in breakthrough results in their personal, social, communal and national aspirations.

Healing & Transformation
We believe one of the biggest challenges preventing a viable peace process is the lack of mutual trust and respect between the different groups, especially between Palestinians and Israelis. The violence and trauma of the conflict and historic experiences of the past have resulted in people developing fear of “the other.”

We strongly believe the only way to move forward is by engaging in a deep healing process. Our projects are designed to create the spaces to raise one’s mindfulness and capacity for compassion towards the other, learn to listen without judgment or prejudice, and break the chains of fear and mistrust.


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