LAHORE | Twenty-five Pakistani Seeds led a three-day interfaith camp for Muslim, Sikh, Christian and, for the first time, Hindu teenagers to promote, mutual understanding, co-operation and trust.
The 45 campers took part in daily dialogue sessions during which they explored similarities that exist in the teachings of each religion and the possibility of coexisting peacefully, and addressed stereotypes held against other religions.
The December 28-30 camp was held at St. Anthony’s High School in Lahore. Students who attended came from 15 of the city’s public and private schools.
The event provided a rare opportunity for interaction between Pakistani teens of different faiths, who addressed questions about why Sikhs wear turbans, why Muslims avoid pork, how Christmas is celebrated, and why Hindus are vegetarian.
Participants noted that their religions shared a common belief in one supreme power, respect for fellow human beings, tolerance, and gave everyone the freedom to practice their own religion.
In addition to dialogue sessions, the campers participated in group challenge activities, sports and music. They also had the opportunity to observe each other’s prayers.
US Consulate Cultural Affairs Officer Emilia Adams distributed certificates of participation at the camp’s closing ceremony.