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Lutheran camp receives inclusion grant

MIFFLINBURG — Camp Mount Luther, located west of Mifflinburg, received financial help at the beginning of this year thanks to a grant from a national church body. The camp was blessed to receive a $9,000 operating grant from the Total Inclusion! Program. Total Inclusion! is a collaborative effort of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) churchwide organization in Chicago and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM), the association of the camps and retreat centers affiliated with the ELCA.

Total Inclusion! is an opportunity to inspire, educate and resource LOM organizations as they move toward a wider and more intentional inclusion of people who have been historically marginalized in the church — especially people of color, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQIA+. The grant can be used for general operating expenses. As part of the grant, camp staff will be participating in some events to learn more about being a more welcoming and hospitable place.

“We are indeed grateful for this funding opportunity,” Chad Hershberger, executive director, said. “The past year has been difficult for all non-profits and having this chance to not only obtain some funding but also to participate in the upcoming virtual programs designed to make us even more welcoming is something that we look forward to.”

Camp Mount Luther is a Christian church camp that runs year-round outdoor ministry programming, including an eight-week summer camp. The camp is affiliated with the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is accredited by the American Camp Association and serves people in 12 counties including Mifflin and Juniata counties. For more information on Camp Mount Luther’s programs, call (570) 922-1587 or visit www.campmountluther.org.

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