Name of Engagement
Interfaith Peace Camp
In June 2019, the Center for Global Engagement’s (CGE) Interfaith Peace Camp brought together 37 children ages 8–12 years old from Muslim, Jewish, Christian and agnostic backgrounds for a week of developing relationships and learning about each other’s faith traditions. Faculty from CGE and the College of Education–in partnership with Eastern Mennonite University and local faith communities–engaged JMU students with the diverse Harrisonburg/ Rockingham community through the Interfaith Peace Camp. This year's theme, One Tree Many Branches, introduced campers to Abrahamic faiths traditions, their common roots and the richness of each tradition, as well as values shared across these faith traditions. Camp activities included music, art and storytelling, games and recreational activities, visits to a local synagogue, mosque and church, and time for guided exploration, questions and discussion.
2019 IPC: One Tree, Many Branches
June 10-14, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Family Potluck: Sunday, June 9 at 6-8 p.m.
Final Celebration: Friday, June 14 at 3 p.m.
This year's theme, "One Tree Many Branches," introduces campers to Abrahamic faiths traditions, their common roots, richness of each tradition, as well as values shared across these faith traditions.
Camp activities include:
- Music, art and storytelling.
- Games and recreational activities.
- Visits to local synagogue, mosque and a church.
- Time for exploration, questions and discussion.
Counselors and Junior Counselors
Counselors are 18+ year olds who teach art, recreation and music activities, as well as oversee small groups of campers. Counselors serve as mentors and role models to Junior Counselors.
Interfaith Peace Camp offers a Junior Counselor Program for teens 13-18 years old. During camp, Junior Counselors help oversee small groups of campers, assist teachers and help with art, recreation and music activities. Being a Junior Counselor is a great way to be a positive role model for younger campers and to meet new friends.
Snacks and Lunch
Area restaurants and local faith communities donate lunches and we provide healthy snacks each day. If your child has food sensitivities that will prevent them from eating what we can provide, please be sure to pack a lunch.
2019 IPC will be held at JMU’s Memorial Hall, the former Harrisonburg High School. Memorial Hall is located at 395 South High Street. Parking for the Interfaith Peace Camp is available at the C8 lot, next to Memorial Hall.
Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Participants External to JMU
June 10-14, 2019
Recurring Event (Occurs on a regular basis but not continual)
Type of Partner
Colleges and Universities; Other
Primary Focus of Program
Children/Youth, and Family; Arts and Culture
Areas of Engagement
Number of people served
Academic Level of Engagement