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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Camp brings Christian, Jewish, Muslim teens together.

In a small way, it looks like the Anti-Defamation League of New England is doing some of what I was yearning to see in my sermon about Taizé: They're inviting religious teens to a weeklong camp where they can encounter each other's religious traditions through worship and conversation and form personal connections across often contentious differences. The audio of this morning's WBUR story about Camp IF isn't online (update: it is now!), but yesterday's Boston Globe front-page story includes lots of interesting stuff.

Camp IF (for "Interfaith") is the first part of the ADL's five-month Interfaith Youth Leadership Program. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist teens participated. (The WBUR report was explicit about UU involvement; the Globe alluded to it. I'd love to check in with UUs who've participated in this program.) One day was focused on Islam, with prayer, Q&A, and small-group discussions. Another day was all about Judaism. And Sunday introduced Christianity.

("Religious differences unite campers," Michael Levenson, Boston Globe 8.21.06, reg req'd; "Summer camp explores religions" [summary], Shannon Mullen, WBUR Morning Edition 8.22.06)

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 22 August 2006 at 7:49 AM

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4 comments:

Samawel:

August 22, 2006 11:42 AM | Permalink for this comment

That's great news. There should be more of those camps scattered around the world; we're in need of more people who understand and tolerate.

Stephen:

August 22, 2006 12:46 PM | Permalink for this comment

I would have been a leader for this last summer if timing and visa restrictions had allowed me to. It seems like a really good ministry.

Ron Robinson:

August 25, 2006 07:59 PM | Permalink for this comment

We've had one like that for years in Oklahoma. It is called Camp Anytown. Sponsored by the NCCJ. Just looked at their website and see they have been doing them across the country for 50 years. www.nccj.org

Eric Posa:

August 26, 2006 11:42 AM | Permalink for this comment

Ron, thank you for mentioning Anytown, which I also thought about as I listened to the story online. I went to Anytown in 1988 in Fort Worth, then was a counselor at the one for Shreveport in 1991. Anytown was the key transformative experience of my adolescence, the first step down a road that has led me to UUism and into the ministry.



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