Atlantic Southeast District Holds Eighth Annual Family Peace Camp

By Berwyn Oltman

The 8th Annual Family Peace Camp in Atlantic Southeast District was held at Ithiel Camp and Retreat Center in central Florida on Aug. 29-31. The theme for the event, which was held just a few miles from Disney World, was “Living in the Magic Kin-dom.”

Guest leader David Radcliff, director of the New Community Project, helped the inter-generational group explore the kind of theme park Jesus might have envisioned, filled with exciting rides toward justice, simplicity, and love. The 35 youth and adult campers were challenged to work for environmental sustainability and to witness for global justice in a roller coaster world.

Worship leadership was provided by Karen Neff, Dawn Ziegler, Stephen Horrell, and Jean Lersch. A session was led by story-teller/illustrator Diana Jo Rosanno. Larry Bolinger, former missionary to Nigeria, spoke about how the faith of the Christians is helping them face the violence in their nation. Sue Smith reported about the “Ecumenical Advocacy Days” in Washington, D.C.

Recreational activities were led by Mike Neff and Marcus Harden, both on the camp staff. Eileen Callejas guided campers in crafting greeting cards to be given to lonely residents of nursing homes. A variety show on Saturday evening provided an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to share their talents.

The Family Peace Camp was sponsored by Camp Ithiel and the Action for Peace Team of the Atlantic Southeast District of the Church of the Brethren. Merle Crouse, a member of that team, was the dean for the camp.

— This report was prepared by Berwyn Oltman.

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