CPT Regional groups are built around a core of trained CPTers and CPT supporters that work to reduce violence both in their local regions and by supporting or serving on already-established CPT projects.
CPT regional groups engage in a variety of activities: nonviolent direct actions, organizing speaking tours, lobbying government officials, and serving on CPT projects. CPT regional groups can function as a spiritual support community for people doing a lot of peace organizing.
When at least ten people from a region apply to become CPT Reservists (3-year term, 2-8 weeks service per year), CPT will work with that group to plan a regional training.
Regional groups tend to be fairly autonomous (both financially and in decision-making) from the CPT offices . Regional groups decide for themselves: how often to meet, what issue or issues to focus on, how to structure themselves, whether or not to join coalitions, etc. Some regional groups fundraise money specifically for their regional group. The most successful regional groups have found that meeting on a regular basis is important to keep the group together and active.Each regional group is asked to designate one person to be the liaison with the CPT coordinator responsible for linking regional groups in their part of the world with CPT as a whole . These coordinators can provide support like: regular communication with the group to find out what the group is doing, regular communication with the rest of CPT to highlight the work of regional groups (e.g., writing updates for the newsletter), being available to brainstorm ideas for actions or the direction of the group's work, etc.
If you are in Canada and you are interested in forming a regional group in your area, please contact Rachelle Friesen at 416-423-5525, email@example.com . If you are anywhere else, contact Jen Yoder at: 773-376-0550, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Peacemaker Team, Colorado (CPT-CO), holds monthly meetings, which include updates on CPT activities, prayer and spiritual reflection, planning for future peacemaking activities, refreshments, and fellowship. Members serve on CPT teams in Asubpeeschoseewagong, Colombia, Iraq, and Palestine. Activities on the local scene include:
For more information, contact Gretchen Williams at 303-245-0015, email@example.com
CPT Europe is an emerging structure of organized CPT work in Europe.
Thousands of refugees have died along European Union borders in recent years. Miles of barbed wire and militarized border controls are forcing migrants seeking safety in Europe to take the most dangerous routes — crossing the Mediterranean Sea between Tunisia and Italy or the narrow straits between Greece and Turkey. Those who make it face racism, violence, institutional incompetence and, frequently, confinement or deportation.
The systematic closure and militarization of Europe’s borders with its neighbors contrast sharply with the European Union’s rhetoric of democracy and universal human rights.
CPTers in Europe are responding to this crisis. After a preparatory visit in February 2014 (pictures | report), in April 2014 an exploratory delegation travelled to the Greek-Turkish border. The delegtion met with refugees, civil society organizations and activists to build relationships and develop an understanding of the situation.
As a consequence, the Convergence (annual gathering) of CPT Europe decided to begin a project with a local partner in the city of Mytilene, Lesbos, Greece, the "Village of All Together". The initial project ran for three months in 2014 and in 2015. Since 2016 the project has been expanded.
CPT Netherlands works at enlarging the CPT support base in the Netherlands. It aims at regular participation in CPT delegations and organizes speaking tours for those who have served with CPT. We hope that "creating space for peace " will become a central theme for those who want to contribute towards a better world for all.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the website in Dutch: www.cpt-nl.org
CPT Northern Indiana (CPTNI) is a small community of Christian peacemakers gathered from the northern Indiana and southern Michigan area. The group of about twenty people, ranges in age from 18 to 70+. They meet monthly to eat, refresh their spirits, and plan the nonviolent revolution. They have done work on peace issues in their area ranging from immigrant rights to war taxes to militarism. If you're interested in joining them, call 574-642-3963 or email email@example.com for directions and the next scheduled meeting.
CPTNI is a sponsor of a nonviolent campaign to End the Production of DU Weapons that works through education, creative nonviolent action, legislation, and media. The campaign has a direct focus to end production of DU weapons at major facilities in the US - Alliant Ballistic Laboratory in Rocket City, WV, and AeroJet in Jonesbough, TN. CPT delegations to Virginia and Tennesee meet with people impacted by these weapons, including veterans, hospital administrators and plant employees, and organize and carry out a nonviolent public witness challenging the production of DU munitions.
Christian Peacemaker Teams Oceania is a regional group that includes Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Aotearoa and Australia.
CPT Oceania recognises the role colonialism has played and continues to play in oppression of people’s in our region. This is a key focus in our focus on undoing oppression.
CPT Oceania is building on of the work of the CPT Australasia group which was established in 2008. We have renamed ourselves to step away from the colonial connotations of the word Australasia. Our regional group includes trained and active CPT’ers, those who have participated in delegations, and other supporters of CPT. We have a close association with the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand.
We meet regularly by teleconference and seek to meet in person once a year.
CPT Oceania has three key focus areas:
1. Supporting members of the Christian Peacemaker Team Corps and delegate
Our region currently has five trained members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams and a larger number who participate in training. We seek to provide mutual support and practical information to people as they serve on team.
2. Supporting more participation through a subsidy program
Given the cost of travelling to both delegations and training from our region, CPT Oceania has established a fund to support people in our region to become delegates. Click here for more about applying for a scholarship. Click here for more about donating.
3. Exploring how we can work in solidarity with the people of West Papua
The group has a key concern for the people of West Papua and is talking with groups about how we can partner with them in their struggle to overcome violence and oppression.
We’d love to hear from you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information contact Rey Lopez: email@example.com
CPT launched its first regional group outside of North America in May 2004. CPT-UK came together with the purpose of building a presence in the region, resulting in the October 2009 European Training which took place in London.
In March 2011 European CPTers and supporters met in Berlin for the first CPT European Convergence to continue the conversation about establishing support for CPT in Europe and to identify opportunities for peacemaking.
In May 2015 European CPTers met in London at Union Chapel. As part of the convergence, we joined with the Anabaptist Network for a Faith Activism day. We also joined with London Catholic Worker to do a very powerful witness in solidarity with refugees who are drowning trying to get to Europe.
In March 2017, European CPTers had another meeting in the UK- this time in Yorkshire. This included a visit from CPT's Executive Director, Sarah Thompson.
CPT UK is hoping to eventually raise the money to have a full-time or possibly four-day-a-week Outreach Worker in the UK, reaching people in churches, Quaker meetings and learning institutions, and encouraging people to take part in CPT Delegations around the world.
If you are interested in meeting with CPTers in the UK, discussing a delegation or hosting an event about peacemaking, please also contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to donate to CPT UK (outreach work for CPT in the UK), please either write a cheque out to ‘Mennonite Trust’ or transfer the money to:
London Mennonite TrustSort code: 40-04-37A/C: 01200224 IBAN - GB62MIDL40043701200224
IMPORTANT: Write a letter or email, ‘requesting’ that the funds be put towards CPT UK’s project (be careful to not use the language of ‘requiring’). The address for letters and cheques is Vickie Schellert, The Mennonite Trust, PO Box 73540, London E9 9DB. Vickie's email address is: email@example.com
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For more information contact Sally Hunsberger: firstname.lastname@example.org