A day for giving and Abraham’s Tent
The day of the Kids4Peace Abraham’s Tent presentation finally arrived!
The group rose early today to attend the Society of Saint John theEvangelist Monastery in Cambridge (www.ssje.org) for Eucharist—two of our Christian participants were asked to take part. Afterward, the kids had many questions about the service, the monks, and especially the historical architecture of the building.
From there we went straight to Target to help our Jerusalem participants find gifts for family and friends, and then it was back to our dorm to practice for the night’s events.
After all the preparation, the kids were able to show a community of Boston participants’ families, donors, and supporters all that they have worked toward and experienced together so far. In the near capacity-filled auditorium, the interfaith groups each had a chance to show or describe their learning, we sang songs, presented our Eid gifts for Muslim children in need, and the kids had an opportunity to share once more of their reflections on peace and their hope that through communication and seeing BOTH sides of issues small or large, peace can be accomplished. The audience heard true accounts of the devastation that conflict brings to peace loving peoples and the fully attentive audience also heard one of the older participants describe the next level of the Kids4Peace involvement. He and his friends meet back home in Jerusalem to discuss the more serious aspects of conflict and peaceful resolutions. He spoke emotionally of the fact that the quest for peace does not end with summer camp in a tranquil retreat in New England. The kids wore big smiles and were confident and eloquent in front of such a big crowd! They made us all proud, and the audience was touched and blessed by their presence and outspoken honesty.