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Faith Bridges to Peace: Leadership Camp at Acer Farm In Brattleboro


This year, Israeli, Palestinian and American teenagers discovered peace at the Jerusalem Peacebuilders-Kids4Peace Leadership Camp on Acer Farm in Brattleboro, VT. Led by Canon Nicholas and Dorothy Porter, along with Jack Karn, this ministry empowers teens to explore leadership, interfaith and social justice issues essential to peace-building in the Middle East and US. Among the many special guest educators were Bishop Tom Ely, Rabbi Michael Cohen, Mary Fetchett (Voices of 9/11) and Edward Turner (Lawyers Without Borders).

Thanks to a generous grant from the Elijah Project, the teens worked with filmmakers, Deacon Bill Cusano and Gordon Fischer, to give voice to their own experience by creating an interactive video called Three Sabbaths. Enjoy and share it at ( Thanks to generous grants from the Stirrings of the Spirit fund and I Wage Peace, leadership camp participants brought together members of four congregations and 50 Iraqi teens to advance social justice issues and paint a giant peace banner. To learn more, go to our Facebook page, check out our website or contact Canon Porter.

Three Sabbaths Video:



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Bishop Ely serving at the Fishes and Loaves Soup Kitchen in Brattleboro

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Camper at the High Ropes Adventure Course, Bromley

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Canoeing the Connecticut River

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Campers in leadership session

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Home cooked Kosher meals

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Campfire night

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Muslim Friday prayers

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Small Group

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Storytelling workshops 

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Lara and  Ariel workingworking

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Ismail smiling

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Lara drawing

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Lunch prayers

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Eyal with mask

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Campers with masks

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Bishop Ely and Iraqi participant

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Social Justice skit at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Brattleboro

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Painting the Peace Banner




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