Author Archives: Marilyn McGinnis

Alumni spotlight: Roan Gillin

For some of our campers, the end-of-camp opportunity to write a peacemaking goal for themselves is a challenge, not because they are unsure of how they can make an impact in their communities, but because they have such a multitude of talents and interests. Narrowing all that passion and skill down to a single area … Continue reading »

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World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Day 3

Although it’s hard to imagine days more extraordinary than the ones we’ve already had here in Merida, today was exceptional because it included the Billion Acts of Peace Hero Awards, where Peacebuilders alum Joshua Wortham was honored. Joshua’s award was presented by 2014 Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, a passionate defender of children’s rights. Joshua’s … Continue reading »

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World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Day 2

So much learning happened today at the World Summit! The day began with music and with a moment of silence to remember the victims of two devastating earthquakes that struck Mexico City on September 19, one in 1985 and one in 2017. During the morning sessions that followed, panels addressed the issues of Social and … Continue reading »

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World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Day 1

Peacebuilders directors Mario and Marilyn are thrilled to be attending the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Merida, Mexico this week. As part of the PeaceJam delegation, we’re meeting with peacemakers and peace educators from around the world. We’re excited to share what we’re learning! Here are some of the highlights on this first … Continue reading »

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Creating messages of community and peace

July 17, 2019, besides being Peacebuilders campers’ day to focus on the right to freedom of expression, is also notable for another reason. This day is the 29th anniversary of the birth of an extraordinary young man, Mattie Stepanek. On this day, campers learned from Mattie’s example about their own ability to create peace. Mattie … Continue reading »

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Advocating for our lives

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that we all have the right to education. What does honoring that right mean to you? Better training or salaries for teachers? Access to schooling for girls in others countries? Less focus on testing? Bilingual classrooms? Free university education? Whatever your educational priorities are, chances … Continue reading »

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Creative expression, inspiring connection

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that we all have the right to freedom of expression and that we can “receive and impart information and ideas through any media . . .” This important right gets a lot of attention at Peacebuilders Camp, where we encourage the exchange of ideas and … Continue reading »

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Beyond the comfort zone

Our Session 2 campers have traveled far this week in terms of miles: 60 to Columbus, Georgia on Wednesday, 40 to Lumpkin, Georgia on Thursday, and 2.5 on the Chattahoochee River between Georgia and Alabama. But the milage put on our vans and rafts was nothing compared to the distances most of our campers traveled … Continue reading »

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What Does a Humanitarian Do?

On Monday of this week, our Session 2 campers arrived ready to tackle new ideas, make new friends, consider new perspectives, and gain new inspiration. After a day of orientation and settling in, they were an eager group on Tuesday morning when counselor Merseigne posed this question: What does a humanitarian do? Answers were offered, … Continue reading »

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Hip hop, graffiti, and angel wings: the right to freedom of expression

Even though we said goodbye to our Session 1 campers on Saturday, our staff continues to reflect on all the great experiences of the week. On Friday, campers had a special chance to engage creatively to learn about the right of the day, the right to freedom of expression. We started by thinking of the … Continue reading »

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