Upcoming interfaith camp for kids builds "culture of peace"
| Friday, 06.24.2011, 07:52 PM

DEARBORN — The 2011 interfaith "Peace Camp," a free, fun activity for children ages 6-12 plus parents and other adults, will be held from July 19-21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Littlefield Presbyterian Church.

The camp seeks to build bridges and to help build a "culture of peace" between children and others of all faiths in the area including Christians, Muslims and members of any other faith who wish to attend.

"Children of all ages need to learn respectful, peaceful ways of resolving conflict and working together," said The Rev. Fran Hayes, pastor of the church. "Peace Camp gives us a chance to learn peaceful ways of doing things, celebrate our neighborhood's diversity, make new friends and have a lot of fun together."

Participants gather for supper, which includes halal meats in order to be hospitable to the church's Muslim friends in attendance. A central activity is the "community build," in which everyone works together to design, build and decorate buildings and other attractions they would hope to find in a peaceful neighborhood. In previous years, the neighborhood has included a hospital, a fire station, "Peace Park," an ice cream parlor, a mosque and "Peace Church."

Using the community build, as well as stories, songs, games and other activities, children will learn about and practice good communication skills, especially how to listen carefully, even to those who disagree, and to share their feelings honestly. The participants will look for safe ways to express anger and explore ways to solve problems peacefully.

For more information on Peace Camp which will be held at Littlefield Church on 7560 Littlefield Blvd. in Dearborn, visit www.littlefieldchurch.org or call 313.933.3740 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. M-F. 



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