Summer Teen Leadership Camp
Linda Reppond, Director of Youth and Family Ministries for the United Centers for Spiritual Living, anchored their weeklong 2008 Summer Leadership Camp for 400 teens, including 35 international participants, with a curriculum based on The Manual for the Peacemaker by Dr. Jean Houston. One story in the manual tells the legend of Deganawidah and the coming together of the Iroquois tribes to create peace where there had been war. Allyson Budde, a professional storyteller and social artist, took the stage to tell the story several times each day. The experience provided youth with the framework for personal healing and forgiveness with people in their lives as well as a broader understanding about reaching across borders to heal the differences between nations. Youth from Russia, Peru, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Canada joined youth from across the USA.