This Friday, June 12, is the deadline to register for Justice Camp, a week of hands-on learning about poverty in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Justice Campers gather August 9 to 15, first in Halifax, and then they will fan out across the diocese for eight different immersion learning experiences.
One group will head to the Annapolis Valley, where they will do things like pick apples alongside migrant workers. They will learn about food routes, and what life is like for migrants on the margins of communities.
Another group will step into the lives of the disabled on Prince Edward Island.
Yet another group will stay in Halifax to learn about urban poverty. Their activities include a “poverty scavenger hunt” with challenges like getting a library card without a fixed address.
At the week’s end, groups will reconvene to worship, discuss, and share what they learned. One day will include Forum theatre, where Justice Campers will not only watch dramas about poverty, but be challenged to step in as actors.
So who can go? Justice Camp is bigger and broader than you might think.
“It’s an Anglican event, but open to all,” said Katie Puxley, Justice Camp co-chair. She notes that the 2007 Justice Camp (one of three previous camps) attracted people from diverse spiritual backgrounds and diverse experiences with social justice.
In short, if you’re interested in learning about poverty and you’re over 18, you can come to Justice Camp. The event is aiming to be intentionally diverse, with 50% of participants under 30, 50% from the area, and 50% female.
It’s not too late to register online or contact the organizers for more details. If you’re already on board, check out the promotional material, and spread the good word.
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