History – Camp Brotherhood
As the Challenge program was nearing its end Rabbi Levine and Father Treacy began to encourage local forms of interfaith relationships – they knew people would be strengthened in their own faith by interaction with others. They realized, however, that the larger culture was not conducive and that many faith leaders did not see it as a priority.
After much prayer, they decided to start a camp. Their vision was that many faith communities would be able to build worship spaces of their own, do their own faith formation with youth and adults, but would then share meals and recreation with other wisdom communities. While no faith community took advantage of this offer, it represented a kind of strategic vision for how to build bridges of friendship, common values and joint action.
At Camp Brotherhood Father Treacy and Rabbi Levine invited young people from the Northwest and all over the world to see one another as human beings and to sow seeds of future interfaith relationships through younger generations. They hosted over 4,000 people per year at the camp and spend the vision of one humanity, with many cultural and religious diversities.
In 2016, the Board of Directors made the decision to sell the camp to an excellent organization, Camp Korey. The board felt our organization could focus less on camp logistics and more on our mission.
The board hired The Rev. Terry Kyllo in 2018 and undertook a several year evaluation and visioning process that led to our current mission statement. In conversation with Father Treacy, we decided to re-brand our organization to Paths to Understanding.