The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Teachers of peace

Lutheran peacemakers help youth transform their world

By the time he entered middle school, Anthony (not his real name) had seen enough mayhem to make the most seasoned homicide detective blanch. But neither made-for-TV murders nor video game dismemberments prepared the eighth-grader for the 3-inch blade that menaced him.

A peer counselor at a Lutheran day camp, Anthony was pouring juice for an ill camper when the boy's older brother burst into the kitchen. Unhappy about being asked to bring his brother's medicine, he threatened them with a pocketknife.

People may think children should not have to fear for their lives at a church camp, but few safe havens exist anymore.

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