Chalice Sparx Family Camp
Crowdfunding Completed: November 6, 2014
Amount Funded: $0
Project Owner: Chalice Sparx
Short Description of Project
Chalice Sparx is a week-long summer camp for Unitarian Universalist and other liberal religious families to connect, recharge, and experience the interdependent web of all existence. Donations to this project will go toward creating a scholarship fund which can reduce the cost of registration for families in need.
How was this project connected to UU?
This camp is not a program just for one or even two Unitarian Universalist congregations to join together in a retreat-type setting. It was designed from the get-go for families who attend a number of different congregations, and even some families who for whatever reason are currently un-churched. Like last year, our planning council is made up of committed individuals from a variety of congregations in the Great Lakes region of the United States. We are currently working on expanding the collaboration of religious leaders on the Planning Council from four different congregations to developing an official partnership with the five Unitarian Universalist congregations in closest proximity to the site where we rent space to hold our week-long camp.
Chalice Sparx Unitarian Universalist Family Camp reflects Unitarian Universalist values down to the very core. We intentionally bring together families who may not always feel free to be who they are in other family camp settings of the Midwest. We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals and families – no matter what their size, shape or flavor. We plan programs for children, youth and adults to connect within a natural setting and be a part of the environment we are working to protect. We promote additional Principles of Unitarian Universalism as well, particularly by encouraging spiritual growth in a multigenerational setting and explicitly draw from Unitarian Universalist history and tradition through worship services, workshops and exploration of spiritual practices. Our first year was an experiment to see if it would work – and it did. We were able to create a beloved community of families from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, connecting individuals across age, sexuality, racial/ethnic, economic and cultural divisions. This year and in future years we would like to continue to model justice by expanding the availability of attending this camp to more families.
Full Description of Project
Unitarian Universalist camps or retreats provide a wonderful opportunity to not only create memories, but to gather together a village of families with similar values, ideas and concerns.
Our first year of Chalice Sparx camp was a success. Our goal now is to build upon that experience and offer additional opportunities for families to come to together to make connections,celebrate their faith, and worship together. This will help build a stronger Unitarian Universalist identity in children who are being raised in the Midwest -- many as part of small congregations. And why is THIS important? Building a strong UU identity has been shown to be the number one factor that keeps children raised as Unitarian Universalists connected to their faith in adulthood.
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With a featured theme speaker who can address the blessings and challenges experienced by “nontraditional” families, a religious education program which allows children to not only learn about the seventh Principle but to experience it directly, and worship services which celebrate the Unitarian Universalist way of life – this project is not just for Unitarian Universalist families, it is about being Unitarian Universalist families.
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Expanding this camp experience is also a way to bring in new families who are unfamiliar with Unitarian Universalism or consider themselves to be “spiritual but not religious.” Friends who stay away from churches because they shy away from institutions -- or the theology they think they will find there -- will be more comfortable when invited to a camp setting for families with shared values. Even though they will have a Unitarian Universalist specific experience while there, it won’t seem like church to them, and is much more likely to bring them back.
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The money we are raising for this camp will go to a special fund to provide scholarships for families in need which has been set up by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart for this purpose. They have generously agreed to be our fiscal sponsors for while we work on getting the camp off the ground and apply for our own 5019(c)3 status as a not-for-profit entity able to receive charitable donations.
So even if you know that you will not be able to attend this camp, please give generously so that others can. Your donation makes it possible for a family in need to go to a Unitarian Universalist camp next summer. And that opens up possibilities not only for that family, but for our collective future as well.
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What Your Donation Accomplishes
Pays for a meal for a child at camp
Pays for two meals for a child at camp
Pays for a full days meals for a child at camp
Pays for two days of meals for a child at camp
Pays for all meals (5 days) for a child while at camp
Pays for all meals and housing expenses for a child at camp
Pays for all meals for a youth or young adult at camp
Pays for all meals for a youth or young adult at camp
find out more at: chalicesparx.org