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 (https://interlude.fm/v/MNeq8V). 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.
Bishop Ely serving at the Fishes and Loaves Soup Kitchen in Brattleboro
Camper at the High Ropes Adventure Course, Bromley
Canoeing the Connecticut River
Campers in leadership session
Home cooked Kosher meals
Muslim Friday prayers
Lara and Ariel workingworking
Eyal with mask
Campers with masks
Bishop Ely and Iraqi participant
Social Justice skit at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Brattleboro
Painting the Peace Banner