winter peace camp

Compassion is Action

This year’s Winter Peace Camp asked the question “What is compassion and how do we do it?” Peace-campers explored compassion through all sorts of “creating” this week making challah (recipe:,  listening and telling stories, exploring the beauty of geometry, color, and light in rose windows,  water coloring mixed media illustrations of compassionate tree presence, and fusing glass heart-circles.  Finally, 78  peace-campers were the compassionate-action sustaining the giving project – 12 very artsy heirloom variety baby quilts were made using embroidery, applique, and generous volunteers to help piece them together,  for families originally from Bhutan, Micronesia, and Africa.

We partnered with We Are Home Collaborative who brought families to visit camp Wednesday afternoon to participate in the Circle Gathering where we shared snack, stories, and songs, and presented them with the baby quilts. We Are Home Collaborative  is a project between Maternal Child Family Health and the Oregon Community Health Worker Association. They work to expand support for immigrant refugee families that are expecting and/or have children between the ages of 0 and 3. They will share these quilts with families with babies and toddlers, while the older kids who visited camp may be back as campers!

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