About the Interfaith Peace Camps

Interfaith Peace Camp is an annual collaborative effort of Harrisonburg-Rockingham faith communities and Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement. It began as a pilot the summer of 2008 and has grown considerably since.

We’re very happy that the Fetzer Institute recently reported, about our camp,

Some key questions in the study include gauging how interfaith camps change the attitudes of participants, how much they lead to interfaith discussions afterward and how open participants are to the ‘religious other’ after experiencing the camp. Read more…

Interfaith Peace Camp, rooted in Abrahamic faith traditions, is a week-long day camp offered to rising 1st through 6th graders interested in building friendships and understanding between children from other local Abrahamic faith traditions. The camp is planned and staffed by an interfaith team of community members with the desire to provide low-cost, high-quality learning experiences for campers.

At the heart of peacebuilding is relationship building. A wonderful way to build relationships is through open and sincere communication between diverse faiths and peoples. It is the belief of the planning committee that when we build relationships with others, it is less likely that we will wish them harm. The Interfaith Peace Camp is an expression of a sincere desire for peace in our world.

2011 Peace Camp

Earth Care-People Care focused on building relationships that foster peace and justice through responsible and sustainable living. The group visited a local mosque, synagogue and church and participated in varied activities to enhance learning together, including community service with New Community Project. Thursday evening a potluck was hosted by Park View Mennonite Church.

2010 Peace Camp

See an article about the 2010 peace camp in EMU News.

Interfaith Peace Camp 2010 from John Fairfield on Vimeo.