2016 Peacebuilders Camp

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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Art, dignity, and community

After more than 9 months of preparations, Peacebuilders Camp welcomed Dwayne Szot of Zot Artz to Americus, Georgia. Dwayne’s career as an artist has led him to notice that the tools available to artists are not welcoming, useable, or accessible to many people with mobility differences. So he did something about it! He created Zot Artz, … Continue reading »

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Who gets food, water, and education?

Today was a day full of activity and full of issues to consider. Guests from Liberia Orphan Education Project (LOEP) did their part to keep our bodies and minds busy this morning and early afternoon. They shared with us great information about Liberia and their work there, including their support of teachers and students through the recent … Continue reading »

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Receiving and giving hospitality

Each week as we welcome new campers, we have the opportunity to introduce them to this remarkable place called Koinonia Farm. One of the first activities of our camp schedule is a tour of the farm. On the tour, we try to convey some of the values that have sustained the farm for almost 75 years. … Continue reading »

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New Peacebuilders grads are out to change the world!

Session 2 of Peacebuilders Camp 2016 wrapped up today, and we are pleased to send twenty energetic young people back to their communities with goals for how they are going to transform them. Here’s what these new grads will be up to in the next months: For the next six months I will be more … Continue reading »

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Becoming a peacemaker

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which our campers have been studying all week, includes 30 different articles which outline the rights that all humans should be afforded. Near the end of the document, the writers acknowledge that making these rights a reality takes more than just good intentions on the part of individuals. Article 28 … Continue reading »

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What makes a trial fair?

Today’s focus was Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone is entitled in to a fair and public hearing.” We were lucky to have Marilyn Primovic, an experienced Fulton County district attorney, return again this year to help campers understand elements of a fair and public hearing. A lively discussion this morning … Continue reading »

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Super human rights

Our campers met some superhumans today. The day’s focus was the right to rest and leisure, and, as always, we asked who might get left out of that right. One group we identified was people with disabilities, who often have limited access to recreation and sports. We set out to discover how people with disabilities … Continue reading »

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A taste of global peacemaking

Today our 12- and 13-year old campers got a taste of the world as we focused on international peacemaking. A visit to Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village this morning introduced them to the work Habitat does in many countries around the world. Campers were particularly struck by the replica of a  slum community that they … Continue reading »

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