Dover UCC embraces Peace Village Day Camp

Dover Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 2239 Dover Center Road in Westlake, will host Peace Village Day Camp, July 11-14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Peace Village Day Camp focuses on the spiritual practice of peace present in all faith traditions.

Peace Village, which started in the UCC 20 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, teaches children peaceful practices through fun, outdoor adventure, classes, music and interfaith stories.

“The four components to the program – Peace Within Self, Peace and the Planet, Peace and our Culture, Peace with Others – have a strong theological base,” said Cynthia Stuart, co-director of Peace Village. “As Christians, we follow Jesus’ model that both embraced children and taught peace. But the idea of peace is evident in all faith traditions. We can learn from each tradition’s peace emphasis.”

Each day, peace stories from different faiths by people who practice the faith will be shared with the campers. Campers will hear peace stories from Muslims, Jews, and Christians.

Dover UCC will host the Peace Village Day Camp on the beautiful acreage behind the church building or inside the building if it rains. Children and youth, grades 2-12 are invited to attend. Tuesday afternoon is reserved for the oldest campers to try their skills at a Tree Top rope challenge, while the other campers walk trails in Bradley Woods Reservation with a nature guide.

Registration forms and other information about the Peace Village Day Camp can be found on the Dover UCC website:

Cynthia Stuart

community member

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