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.

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Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Participants External to JMU




June 10-14, 2019


Recurring Event (Occurs on a regular basis but not continual)

Existing Center/Institute/Program


Type of Partner

Colleges and Universities; Other

Primary Focus of Program

Children/Youth, and Family; Arts and Culture

Begin Date


End Date


Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement



On/Off campus

Off campus

Number of people served

37 Children

Academic Level of Engagement


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