On the week of August 14-18, Drake University’s Comparison Project, along with the Des Moines Area Religious Council and the Iowa Sikh Turbanators, will host its first interfaith youth camp. We have invited high-school students from each of the 15 communities featured in A Spectrum of Faith to participate in the camp.
The morning hours of the camp will be spent creating digital stories about personally meaningful faith experiences and sharing them with one another. The afternoon hours will include site visits to different places of worship and discussion of interfaith principles and practices. On the final afternoon of the camp, we will screen all the stories for the general public (8/18, 3pm, location TBD).
The camp is, above all, an opportunity to share one’s own religion with others and learn about some of the other religions that are practiced in the greater Des Moines area. Beyond that, it is an opportunity to learn about the principles and practices of interfaith understanding and dialogue, and by doing so, to become interfaith youth leaders.
Campers will receive a $500 honorarium, a copy of Eboo Patel’s Interfaith Leadership, and breakfast and lunch each day.
For more information, please contact The Comparison Project’s director, Tim Knepper.