Interfaith Peace Camp Event June 4 2016

Join other Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County families for a community meal and day of interfaith peace camp activities.

Who: All families interested in being part of our local interfaith community and learning more about Interfaith Peace Camp.

Where: Eastern Mennonite Elementary School, 314 Cornerstone Lane, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 (School is located just off Route 11 North, about ½ mile south of Pilot gas station and I-81 interchange)

When: June 4, 2016 from 11:30am to 4:00pm

What:

  • 11:30am – 1:00pm – A community potluck lunch. Families are asked to bring a dish that is meaningful to them and their culture.
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Small groups of families engage in a sample of Interfaith Peace Camp activities including music, creating a community art project, cooking, learning about different Abrahamic faith traditions, and playing games.
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Time for sharing the snacks prepared earlier in the day and dividing into groups of children and adults. Children will participate in more camp-related activities with counselors, and adults will meet to talk about the future of Interfaith Peace Camp and the current needs of our organization. Closing with an energetic whole-group activity to inspire our work in the community.

Note: A week-long Interfaith Peace Camp will be planned for Summer 2017. Over the next year, the IPC Planning Committee is taking time to work on making IPC sustainable for the years to come. The IPC Planning Committee is comprised of community members from Abrahamic faith communities who care about nurturing interfaith relationships here in the Shenandoah Valley. If you would like to join our committee’s efforts and contribute your skills to our organization and camp, please contact us at interfaithpeacecamp@gmail.com!


About the Interfaith Peace Camps

Interfaith Peace Camp is an annual collaborative effort of Harrisonburg-Rockingham faith communities and Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement. It began as a pilot the summer of 2008 and has grown considerably since. We’re very happy that the Fetzer Institute recently reported, about our camp,

Some key questions in the study include gauging how interfaith camps change the attitudes of participants, how much they lead to interfaith discussions afterward and how open participants are to the ‘religious other’ after experiencing the camp. Read more…

Interfaith Peace Camp, rooted in Abrahamic faith traditions, is a week-long day camp offered to rising 1st through 6th graders interested in building friendships and understanding between children from other local Abrahamic faith traditions. The camp is planned and staffed by an interfaith team of community members with the desire to provide low-cost, high-quality learning experiences for campers.

At the heart of peacebuilding is relationship building. A wonderful way to build relationships is through open and sincere communication between diverse faiths and peoples. It is the belief of the planning committee that when we build relationships with others, it is less likely that we will wish them harm. The Interfaith Peace Camp is an expression of a sincere desire for peace in our world.