During this unique and powerful week, young people will have the opportunity to explore imagination, kinship, and grief within the context of a climate-changed world. Climate Justice Camp begins with honesty about the hard realities the climate crisis is presenting for the human species, and offers a grounded hope that is deeper than wishful thinking. Campers will learn about climate science as it relates to Maine’s ecosystems and watersheds. Campers will also explore, honor, and learn from the lake and forest where Pilgrim Lodge is located, while being invited to hold an imaginative posture — expanding their vision from what is, to what if. Finally, young people will have opportunities to build deep, supportive, peer relationships as we explore together who we might choose to be in these times and work to build communities that protect both people and planet.
In addition, campers will enjoy all that camp has to offer, such as swimming, boating, singing, crafting, playing games, enjoying cookouts, savoring ice cream, spending time with old and new friends, and so much more!
While Pilgrim Lodge is a United Church of Christ camp with deep roots and sacred symbolism from the Christian tradition woven throughout its identity, Climate Justice Camp has been created for young people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds to engage in meaningful conversations that respect the spiritual and religious paths of all campers. Pilgrim Lodge has counselors and staff representing a variety of faith traditions, including atheist and agnostic. Each of these pathways are honored and celebrated. Our Sacred Gathering times carve out space to be still, to engage one another’s stories, to sing, and to enjoy the beauty of nature and community.
This program is being offered in partnership with The BTS Center, the organizational successor to Bangor Theological Seminary, which focuses on spiritual leadership for a climate-changed world. The BTS Center’s Program Director, Rev. Nicole Diroff, will serve as a Dean for Climate Justice Camp with Rev. Dr. Jodi Cohen Hayshida, Organizer with Multi-Faith Justice Maine of Maine People’s Alliance.
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