The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Faith Bridges to Peace: Leadership Camp at Acer Farm In Brattleboro

Posted on by The Rev. Nicolas Porter

Painting the Peace BannerThis year, Israeli, Palestinian and American teenagers discovered peace at the Jerusalem Peacebuilders-Kids4Peace Leadership Camp on Acer Farm in Brattleboro, VT. Led by Canon Nicholas and Dorothy Porter, along with Jack Karn, this ministry empowers teens to explore leadership, interfaith and social justice issues essential to peace-building in the Middle East and US. Among the many special guests and educators were Bishop Ian Douglas and the Diocesan Working Group for the Holy Land, the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Rabbi Michael Cohen, Mary Fetchett (Voices of 9/11) and Edward Turner (Lawyers Without Borders). (Photo above left, Painting the Peace Banner)

Thanks to a generous grant from the Elijah Project, the teens worked with filmmakers Deacon Bill Cusano Home-cooked Kosher meals, Peace Camp and Gordon Fischer to give voice to their own experience by creating an interactive video called Three Sabbaths. Enjoy and share it at ( Thanks to generous grants from the Stirrings of the Spirit fund and I Wage Peace, leadership camp participants brought together members of four congregations and 50 Iraqi teens to advance social justice issues and paint a giant peace banner. To learn more, go to our Facebook page (Jerusalem Peacebuilders), check out our website ( or contact Canon Porter (

Continue reading here for a photo essay by Nicholas Porter from the 2015 Jerusalem Peacebuilders-Kids4Peace Leadership Camp.

Photo essay of the Jerusalem Peacebuilders-Kids4Peace Leadership Camp

          Day 1, small group Day 1, Small group
Storytelling workshop Day 1, Storytelling workshop
Campers working Day 2, Campers working
Camper smiling Day 2, Camper smiling
Camper drawing Day 4, Camper drawing
Lunch prayers Day 4, Lunch prayers
Vollunteers in the kitchen Day 5, Volunteers in the kitchen
Camper with mask JPB Masks, Camper with mask
Campers with masks JPB Masks, Campers with masks
Sunday at St. Michael's in Brattleboro VT JPB Sunday, Social justice skit performance in St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Brattleboro, Vermond