This post is written by guest contributor Ashton Rodenhiser:
A group of young adults ages 18 – 30 have been meeting since November to create the Kinship exhibit that is on showcase this week (Mar 25-28) at NSCC Lunenburg Campus. On March 24 over fifty people attended the opening ceremony for Kinship at the Mahone Bay Centre. People from the community were welcomed to come and learn more about this project.
Kinship was a vision created by Grace Mcknight. She applied mid last year for a grant through the Inspirit Foundation (http://www.inspiritfoundation.org/) which is a national grant-making organization that supports Canadians, particularly young adults, in building a more inclusive and pluralist Canada. One way the foundation does this is by funding initiatives that promote engagement and exchange among young Canadians of different spiritual, religious and secular beliefs. This project was the only project selected to be funded east of Ontario. The Lunenburg County United Way was the principle applicant for support as well as with the Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency, NSCC, Trinity United Church in Mahone Bay and the Shambhala Meditation Centre of the South Shore
“The primary goal of our local project is to increase awareness, understanding and respect for people of all traditions so that we can continue to grow a welcoming and diverse community” Grace Mcknight explains.
The young adults through the past few months have participated in field trips to sacred sites, guest speakers and conversations around a wide range of spiritual traditions and religions. This project hopes to live on in the community through the banners created. Photos were taken of each other and stories articulated on free standing 6 feet talls banners. The young adults then went on into the community to interview and photograph someone they may or may not have known to learn about spirituality with young adults in their own community.
The banners will be on display at NSCC Lunenburg Campus March 25 – 28 with a reception on March 28th at 6:00pm. Many other places in Lunenburg and Queens County have also requested to showcase the exhibit in the near future.