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Winterlight youth conference partners with Stop Hunger Now to teach teens about MDGs


Young Episcopalians in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to “shine their light” into some of the world’s poorest countries December 27-January 1 at Kanuga Conferences in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Kanuga’s 32nd annual Winterlight conference will include an afternoon of volunteering with Stop Hunger Now, an organization that provides lifesaving meals to millions who are suffering from starvation. Conference participants will spend an afternoon packaging meals to be shipped to countries such as Haiti, Kenya, Ghana, Honduras and more. More than 200 young people from at least 15 states and dioceses are expected to attend.

“Our theme for Winterlight this year is ’You Are the Light of the World’ and working with Stop Hunger Now gives us a really tangible opportunity to truly shine that light throughout the world,” said Rebecca Nelson Edwards of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She and Tommy Koonce of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, are coordinating the conference.

In 2006, Winterlight began including the Millennium Development Goals in its program. Stop Hunger Now’s primary focus is helping to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, one of the MDGs.

“One afternoon preparing meals could make such a difference in the lives of our neighbors around the globe,” said Nelson. “We hope this experience will inspire members of the Winterlight community to tackle similar service projects locally and globally.”

Begun in 1976, Winterlight draws high school students from many different states and dioceses. The conference provides a supportive Episcopal community where young people gather to explore their faith, make new friends and ring in the new year.

Affiliated with the Episcopal Church since 1928, Kanuga is a 1,400-acre camp and conference center in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, North Carolina. Further information is available here or by calling 828-692-9136.


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