Interfaith Youth helping Lakota town

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group are off again this June and will spend July 2 to 9 in La Plant, South Dakota. This year the group is supported in part by the Rotary Club, joining with members of the group to do simple construction projects and create a summer camp for Lakota children. This the fourth year members of the group have traveled to live and work with the Simply Smiles Organization. Simply Smiles has lived and worked in La Plant since 2006, building relationships as well as homes for Lakota families. The town is one of the most impoverished communities in the United States, having suffered generations of deprivation and isolation. Through consistent presence and slow involvement and volunteer efforts as well as contributions a community center , garden and play ground have become a center for socialization and the interfaith group have been a part of that effort.

Tomorrow at the 10 a.m. worship service at Guilford Community Church, the group will make a presentation describing their trip and their goals. The music for the day will include a Lakota hymn and two anthems which lift up the earth and its renewal, "Great Trees," based on poem by Wendell Berry and "And When I Rise." The Sunday School will also focus its lessons on the earth and our shared interest in protecting all creatures. The middle school will finish letters regarding protection of the Arctic and its peoples.

Everyone is welcome.

Guilford Community Church, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, is located one mile south of exit 1 on Route 5 just in back of the Guilford Country Store.


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