Stories from Camp – Day 4
June 25-30, 2012
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]
The campers were very interested in the concept of “conscience.” What is your conscience? How do you listen to it? How do you know what is right and wrong? Counselor Jonah told stories of peacemakers Rachel Corrie, Mahatma Gandhi, and Deitrich Bonhoeffer and the group discussed ways to follow one’s conscience. Then, we Skyped with John Adams, a man who grew up in a military family and served many years in the armed forces before finding that his conscience told him not to participate in war. John told the campers his story of fighting for his right to leave the military as a conscientious objector. Then, counselor Erica told campers information about alternatives to military service. That afternoon, we visited a conservative Mennonite community who dress and live as their religion calls them to. We ate pie at a Mennonite restaurant, shopped for local produce, and visited a Mennonite milk cow farm where we bought fresh milk for making ice cream. In the evening, we walked Spirited Away and ate popcorn and smoothies for movie night. Click on any photo below to see a larger version.
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