Jacksonville Friends Al Geiger, Elaine Martin and Willie Hager visited the 2016 Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm in Americus, GA, on Thursday, July 28th, as part of the camp's session for young folks ages 13-14.

As Marilyn McGinnis writes for the camp blog, the Thursday topic  was "Freedom of thought, conscience, and religion."

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” says Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It’s a right that people in the United States and many other nations pretty much take for granted. We are free to decide what’s right and wrong based on what our conscience or our religion tells us. But identifying exactly how that freedom translates into behavior can be difficult....

Devin and Jorryn engage CO Al Geiger in conversation

Al Geiger, a conscientious objector from the Korean War era, shared his story. He led us to consider that in any conflict, there’s a third option besides running away and fighting back....

Willie Hager from Veterans for Peace in Jacksonville, FL, dealt with the issue of military recruitment and admonished campers who are considering military service to make sure they are getting truthful information during the recruitment process.

Read the whole story here.

 

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"Quakers sit in silence because they want to know something that words cannot tell them. They want to feel something or become aware of something that they can really make connection with. It is something fundamental to their life...but they are not normally aware of it."

- Rex Amber, The Quaker Way: a rediscovery