Author Archives: Marilyn McGinnis

Food desert to food oasis

Do you know what a food desert is? Our campers do! Not only that, they also now know someone who has turned a food desert into a food oasis! We were honored today to have Jeff Delp of Carver Market in South Atlanta join us for the afternoon. He described his neighborhood, just a mile … Continue reading »

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Right to a fair trial, part 2

Our second week campers had a great experience on Friday learning about the right to a fair trial. In the morning, we were joined by Brian Hoffman from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s office in near-by Lumpkin, Georgia. Brian and other attorneys in the SPLC’s SIFI program work there to represent asylum-seekers who are detained … Continue reading »

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Is health care a human right?

Our campers are off on their overnight trip to Ellenton, Georgia, where they will be stocking a food pantry at a clinic that serves migrant farmworkers and their families, touring the fields where these workers harvest the produce that ends up on our tables, and exercising their right to leisure at the paddle-in campground at … Continue reading »

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What does dignity mean?

There is a lot of information that needs to get into our campers’ heads each Monday of camp. They learn the names of their fellow campers and of staff members, they become familiar with Koinonia’s campus and customs, they review the rules of camp, and they are introduced to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. … Continue reading »

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Days 5 and 6: Big Ideas, Big Goals!

Of the 30 articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, several are pretty easy to understand. It doesn’t take a lot of insight to realize why rights to things like food, shelter, and healthcare made the list. This week at camp, though, we stretched the minds of our 11- and 12-year olds and asked … Continue reading »

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A New Peacebuilders Tradition?

This year is the first that Peacebuilders Camp has included a session over July 4th, so we took it as an opportunity to try out some new programing on a right that we’ve never covered before: Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to a nationality. Like every right we discuss, … Continue reading »

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Making connections

Peacebuilders Camp 2017 is off to an exuberant start! This morning we welcomed twenty 11- and 12-year olds from many different places and backgrounds who quickly began the process of forming community. First on the schedule were ice-breaker games that helped the campers overcome their initial shyness with each other. In one game, campers and … Continue reading »

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Fireworks, freedom, prisons, and peacebuilding

After three days of living and working together, Peacebuilders’ 2017 staff is coalescing into a strong team. Our staff training has included a storytelling workshop, run-throughs of planned activities, reviews of camper profiles, creation of posters and signs, and lots of productive and provocative conversation, laced with plenty of laughter. We come from diverse backgrounds … Continue reading »

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Making a difference

The final two days of Peacebuilders 2016 found our 13- and 14-year old campers giving their time to others, sharing their many talents, affirming their new friends’ skills, and setting goals for themselves. They have found so many ways to make significant difference in their world! Friday morning, campers were able to choose between two service-learning … Continue reading »

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Freedom of thought, conscience, and religion

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” says Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It’s a right that people in the United States and many other nations pretty much take for granted. We are free to decide what’s right and wrong based on what our conscience or our religion … Continue reading »

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