Stories from Camp – Day 4

June 13-18, 2011

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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.

Today's Article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was about the Freedom of Conscience and Religion. Jonah told the story of Mahatma Gandhi's march on the Dharasana Salt Works.

That morning we had a visit from Lewis Overholt, a Conscientious Objector who also lived in Berlin during the time of the Berlin Wall. He told us stories of his decision to say no to war and his work for peace and justice in Berlin.

To experience how America allows freedom of religion, we visited a Mennonite farm in Montezuma, GA to see how conservative Mennonites live and dress. Of course, the campers really enjoyed playing on the farm's playground. The Right to Leisure is an important part of peacebuilding!

We picked 20 pounds of peaches at the farm, and brought them back to Koinonia, where we baked an enormous (and delicious) peach cobbler with our local produce.

After dinner, one of the campers' great joys was to "recycle" their food by feeding the pigs. Throughout the week, we fed our food scraps to the Koinonia pigs, and we also bought our meat for the week from Koinonia.

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