We serve: KIDS4Peace
Kids4Peace in the Middle East
As violence spread through the Holy Land in 2001, educators in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem dreamed of a safe place where Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children could meet face to face, play together as kids, cross social divides, and share the stories of their lives. A courageous group of 12 kids and families from Jerusalem’s three faiths gathered that year at St. George’s College. With trusted adult advisors, the children travelled to Texas for a summer camp. Kids 4Peace was born.
In its nine years, over 400 kids and families have been touched by Kids 4Peace, and the organization continues to grow. This summer, 72 children from Jerusalem and the USA will attend Kids4Peace camps, discovering what it means to "live together in peace".
Epiphany supports Kids4Peace and for the first time in the summer of 2011 sponsored a young student to attend their summer camp in New Hampshire. Click here to learn more about Kids4Peace or contact Epiphany Kids4Peace leader, Pam Chester.
Kids4Peace USA is a member of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, a coalition of over 60 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), who promote people-to-people coexistence between Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East. Through ALLMEP, the NGOs work together to raise awareness about the extent and importance of their work, as well as cultivate new and expanded resources to support Middle East coexistence.
Mission and Outreach Lenten Focus 2012: Abrahamic Faiths
Mission and Outreach aims to raise awareness about our Abrahamic Faiths and the work that two of the ministries Epiphany supports, Kids4Peace and AFEDJ , do in the Holy Land. A new curriculum will be introduced for our children and youth from March 11 – 25 to learn about the similarities and differences between the Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths and traditions, about the Holy Land and peace and reconciliation efforts in the middle east. Kids4Peace, an outreach mission led by Pam Chester, teaches interfaith education for peace with Jewish, Christian & Muslim children from Jerusalem & the USA through sharing summer camp experiences together. AFEDJ, an outreach mission led by Jack Roll, supports 14 schools, two major hospitals, 4 outpatient clinics, 4 institutes for the disabled in addition to parishes in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. In addition there will be an opportunity for adults to read and discuss the book, Holy Land ? by Andrew Mayes, facilitated by Pam and meeting on March 28th.
If you are interested in applying to the summer camp click here for an application.
Click here to read an essay by Elizabeth Nies, a camper and attendee at the April 8, 2013 presentation by Yakir Englander.