Article 18: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” [from Universal Declaration of Human Rights]
After such an intense day of travel, learning, play, and service, Day 4 was a more introspective day. We discussed the concept of “Freedom of Conscience” through multiple examples of people who acted on their beliefs, even if it was hard to do. Jonah told the stories of Gandhi’s march on the Dharasana Salt Works and the story of Rachel Corrie’s life. Marilyn told the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and our special guest, Lewis Overholt, talked about his choice to become a conscientious objector to war and his work for peace and justice in divided Berlin.