“As Gandhi said, if there is to be peace in the world, we must begin with the children,” says Lori Conlan Khan, director of Peace Village, a week-long summer camp for kids.
Using universal languages of music and art, 15 kids at camp looked at three faith traditions — Christian, Islam and Judaism — and what they have to say about peace. They talked about peaceful conflict resolution and worked on an art project together, a mosaic with the camp’s theme, “We are all branches of the same tree.” When it is finished, the mosaic will hang near the guest entrance at Sanctuary, the homeless shelter.
“We’re all together, the same, we’re all equal,” says camper Morgan Roberts, 12, reflecting on the symbolism of the tree. “There would be less violence if we’re all equal. We’d treat each other nicer.”
Peace Village was founded in the late 1980s at Boise First Congregational Church.