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Brian Frick is the Associate for Camp and Conferences Ministries with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has been involved in camp and conference ministry since high school. For the past ten years, Brian has served as program director of Johnsonburg Center in New Jersey, Westminster Woods in California, and Heartland Center in Missouri.

Camp and conference ministry compliments and partners with other ministry aspects of our church to foster faith development and reflection. As our communities and our church changes, our ministries need to grow and adapt with creative and emergent programming and leadership to meet new realities.

These blogs entries, though varied, are intended to spur thought and conversation around the opportunities and challenges before us.

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January 15, 2013

Called to Spread Peace

Can Nature Experiences Reduce Violence

Girl and TurtleWith school and other mass shootings becoming more mainstream and less shocking, and with a nation debating gun ownership in a way we have not in a generation - how are we, as a people of faith, called to respond?

How can the nature we experience at our camp and conference facilities be a positive influence and possibly lower violence?


Richard Louv, nationally recognized advocate for health benefits of contact with nature, contemplates this issue in an article you can find here click here.


What can we do specifically in our camping programs, in our children's ministries and even in our weekly worship experiences to respond to violence?

Tags: camp, children, conference center, education, faith, nature, pcusa, violence, youth