On Sunday, August 2, 2015 young Israeli, Palestinian and American leaders from the Jerusalem Peacebuilders-Kids4Peace Camp in West Brattleboro invite Vermont Episcopalians and their friends to participate in an afternoon of arts and celebration on the Brattleboro Common from 1 – 4 pm. After sharing music, poetry and skits, the teens are asking for help to paint an original (40’) peace banner as a capstone of their two-week peace camp experience.
This event will take place after the teens offer the sermon at nearby St. Michael’s Episcopal Church during a 10:15 am service to be celebrated by Bishop Tom Ely. Local faith communities and youth groups invited, including interns from the Voices of September 11th and 50 Iraqi teens. This exciting project will present an authentic vision of what peace looks like for these young leaders, when given the opportunity, tools and space to express themselves in creative and constructive ways.
Over the last three years, these courageous teens have participated in the joint peace-building and youth development programs of Jerusalem Peacebuilders (JPB) and its partner Kids4Peace (K4P).
Jerusalem Peacebuilders is a nonprofit, interfaith organization that brings together peoples of the Middle East and North America for life-changing, transformational programs focused on peace, leadership, and human development. Created in response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and September 11 terrorist attacks, JPB offers youth and adults the opportunity to become one family, by developing participants’ knowledge, skills and awareness of themselves, others and the societies in which they live. The peace banner will publicly travel around New England in 2015.
For more information contact:
(The Rev. Canon) Nicholas T. Porter
Jerusalem Peacebuilders, Inc.
P.O. Box 2020
West Brattleboro, VT 05303
Cell: 203 572 3652