Our friend Rev. Dr. David Zuniga has brought this camp for kids starting in August to our attention. It looks like it is quite worthwhile.
Interfaith Peace Camp in AustinDear Bhikkhu Cintita Dinsmore and Sitagu Buddha Vihara,
I’m a psychologist and Zen Buddhist priest here in Austin. We’ve spoken before when I brought a member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile to Austin and hosted a recent citywide interreligious dialogue at Huston–Tillotson University.
My good friends at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church asked me to contact your sangha because they are hosting a free, Interfaith Peace Camp for children in August, and they are hoping many Buddhist children will attend.
This free camp will be from August 3rd – 7th from 9AM to 12PM and is for children entering kindergarten through those entering 6th grade. Children entering 7th grade and up are welcome to volunteer to help as camp guides. The deadline for registration will be July 31. There is an on-line registration at their website: www.staopen.org/church-community/children/
I have partnered with St. Andrew’s many times and I can attest to their being non-sectarian and affirming of all religious [and non-religious] views and commitments. In fact, in 2008 I helped organize a citywide rally for Tibet and their pastor Dr. Jim Rigby was the only Christian minister to speak at this event supporting Tibet. I believe many Buddhist sanghas in Austin feel a heartfelt connection to St. Andrew’s.
For questions please feel free to contact Rev. Crystal Silva-McCormick firstname.lastname@example.org, who is cc’d on this email. A flier is also attached.
Thanks for all you do for the dharma and the people of Central Texas. With metta, David
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