The evening began a little scattered…at a new location for Kids4Peace youth, the Tantur Ecumenical Center. Amidst the recent violence, finding a location to gather youth from East and West Jerusalem was more difficult than ever.
Youth filed in, greeting one another with long hugs and waving goodbye to parents heading to a parent meeting on the other side of the Tantur campus.
The first program began in small groups, with each youth answering the question:
I believe that…..
I hope that……
This situation makes me feel…
Youth then participated in a “coping fair” to creatively and personally express the complex emotions everyone struggles with during these difficult days. Stations included Art, Dance, Sports, Challenging Questions, Creative Writing, and Music. The evening finished with small dialogues in small groups, including reflections on the sentences from the beginning of the meeting and setting up systems to support each other more as a community during the coming weeks.