August 07th, 2013
Day 3 of Peace Village 2013 has begun! The campers are much more comfortable with their schedules, their surroundings, and most importantly their fellow campers.
During my morning core class, my group of 13 campers were discussing what peace means to them. Many of them simply shrugged and said they weren't really sure. Peace can be a very abstract concept; it's no wonder 8 and 9 year are overwhelmed by the overall idea of peace. However, one of my campers sat quietly trying to articulate what peace really meant; finally, he spoke up saying, "Peace isn't war, isn't weapons...and isn't pinching."
What a simple answer for a complex question. Peace is a very global undertaking, but it is also something simple every day. Each day we make decisions to create peace: helping a friend, saying thank you, and maybe not pinching a brother or sister.
In many ways this is what Peace Village is about. For these five days, these children and adults are encountering peace in small ways and life-changing ways.
-Claire (Coyotes Counselor)
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