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Pilgrimage: Holy Land Application

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 11.

Student Information

First name:
Last name:
Richmond e-mail address:
Preferred phone number:
Will you be 18 or older at time of travel? 
Year in school:
Gender (optional):
Race/ethnicity (optional):
Religious affiliation (if any):
Chaplaincy and Campus Ministry involvement:
Campus ministry involvement:
Other campus organizations:
Major(s) and minor(s):

Please list any travel, living, or study-abroad experience in a foreign country, including location, duration, and purpose of trip.

Are you an international student? Yes No
If so, what is your home country?

Do you speak another language? Yes No
If so, what language(s)?

Short answer questions

Answer the following questions in a few brief paragraphs.

Share your reasons for applying to this particular pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

This pilgrimage will include students who represent different religious traditions. Please explain how your engagement with those of other religions contributes to your understanding of your own faith commitments.

Describe an experience in which you have engaged with an individual from a different faith background, social location or political persuasion. What did you learn about yourself through this encounter?

The pilgrimage course and travel intensive provide a unique opportunity to cultivate practices that will enrich your spiritual life. If you are a person of faith, describe what spiritual practices are already a part of your daily life and which ones you hope to develop through participation in this pilgrimage program. If you are not a spiritual person, describe how you think you might gain from and contribute to this aspect of the pilgrimage.

The pilgrimage course culminates in a travel intensive that includes visits to the Holy Land with visits to historical sites connected to each Abrahamic tradition, group prayer in various houses of worship, and conversations with Israelis and Palestinians of various backgrounds. How do you believe this pilgrimage experience will inform your own spiritual development and faith formation? How do you hope to use the knowledge and experience you gain in the future? 


Each applicant is required to obtain two recommendations. Please provide contact information for these individuals below. At least one recommendation should be a professor or university staff person, and we encourage you to have a personal, spiritual, or religious mentor write your second letter. Reccomendations should be able to speak to your communication skills, capacity for self reflection  Student recommendations will not be considered among the two required recommendations. 

Applicants are responsible for contacting the individuals who will be completing their recommendations and providing them a link to the recommendation form. All forms are due by the application deadline, October 11. Applicants whose recommendation letters have not been received by this date will not be considered for participation in the pilgrimage.

  1. Name:
    Relationship to student:

  2. Name:
    Relationship to student:

Commitment of Participation

Please read the Pilgrimage program expectations and sign below.

I have read and understand the Pilgrimage expectations. I understand the team, time commitment, spiritual, and financial commitment involved with being a Pilgrimage participant. I am prepared to make a full commitment to the program. 

Typing your name and the date will serve as your electronic signature.

Name:    Date:

Questions? Contact:

Josh Jeffreys
Jewish Chaplain and Director of Religious Life
Office of the Chaplaincy