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CPT INTERNATIONAL REFLECTION: Pretty

 “So pretty, what a waste,” he said with a smile on his face.  

An older gentleman approached me at a gathering recently and started a conversation with those words. I think he thought he was giving me a compliment.

Seriously?

I mean, SERIOUSLY?

While I have control over the way I care for myself, I do not have control over the face I was born with, or my hair, or the bones and cartilage that give shape to my skin. These parts of my being are nothing to take pride in because I did nothing to “earn” them.  

The man who made the comment knows me.

He knows I've been a teacher of Spanish and theology. 

He knows I’ve traveled the world and taught English in India and Palestine.

He knows I’ve been a human rights defender in Palestine.

Upcoming CPT Events

Title Start: End:
Colombia Delegation: The Phenomenon of Land-Grabbing Sat, 07/16/2016 Sat, 07/30/2016
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Delegation Fri, 08/12/2016 Mon, 08/22/2016
Colombia Delegation: Conflict, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Sat, 09/10/2016 Sat, 09/24/2016
Iraqi Kurdistan Delegation Sat, 09/10/2016 Fri, 09/23/2016
Palestine/Israel Delegation Sat, 09/17/2016 Fri, 09/30/2016

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About CPT

Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God's love.  We believe we can transform war and occupation, our own lives, and the wider Christian world through:

  • the nonviolent power of God's truth
  • partnership with local peacemakers
  • bold action

CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict.  These teams seek to follow God's Spirit as it works through local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression. 

CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression. We are committed to undoing oppressions, starting within our own lives and in the practices of our organization.