As the spring thaw turns minds to vacation-planning, consider something totally different for this summer: six days in the Maritimes, learning about how to battle poverty.
Registration is now open for the Anglican Church of Canada’s fourth justice camp: “Poverty Justice Camp: Finding Abundance,” to be held Aug. 9 to 15 in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
An expected 85 justice campers will first gather in Halifax to study scripture, learn about advocacy, and explore how poverty is more than just an economic affliction. After this introduction, smaller immersion groups will split off across the diocese to tackle topics like the Black experience in Nova Scotia, homelessness, and the urban-rural divide. The program ends with two days in Halifax to report back and celebrate.
Justice camp is an initiative of the Partners in Mission and Ecojustice Committee, part of General Synod’s Partnerships department. Previous camps have looked at environment justice camp in Victoria, B.C.; advocacy justice camp in Ottawa, Ont.; and food justice camp in Winnipeg, Man.
The event is intentionally diverse: 50 per cent of participants are under 30, and 50 per cent are from outside of the host diocese. Travel costs are included in the registration fees: participants from Nova Scotia and P.E.I. pay $350; New Brunswick residents, $650; and those from other provinces pay $950. The deadline for registration is June 12.
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