CPT International

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Next Chicago CPT training October 2015; Applications due by 1 March 2015

 

 
 

CPT trainees participate
 in public witness at
Israeli consulate in
Chicago during
 Gaza War, July 2014

Due to an exciting opportunity to partner with groups in Detroit, Michigan USA for a Peacemaker Congress in July 2015, Christian Peacemaker Teams has set the dates of 2 October – 2 November 2015 for the next training to in Chicago.  The deadline for applications has moved to 1 March 2015.  This shift will allow more time between issuing invitations and starting training for applicants who may need to secure visas in order to participate.

Stay tuned for more information about the July Peacemaker Congress!

CPT is committed to anti-oppression work both within and outside of CPT, and we seek others interested in this work.  We are seeking applicants to train as part of our Reserve Corps.  At this time, no stipended (half to full time) openings are available in the Corps.  All CPT Reservists are eligible to apply for stipended positions as they become available.  For answers to more specific questions, contact Adriana Cabrera Velasquez, Personnel Coordinator, at personnel@cpt.org <mailto:personnel@cpt.org>. 

UNITED STATES REFLECTION: Voting for peace

Yesterday, I was calling old friends and letting them know I’d be in town to talk about my work with Christian Peacemaker Teams. One friend asked me how I like my new work in comparison with the political organizing I used to do. I didn’t need to stop and think; the answer was easy. Working to gather votes for this issue or that candidate, I had feelings of emptiness and inevitability. Now, I love being able to apply my expertise, energy, and passion to peacemaking, to resistance work that feeds my soul. 

 

 
 Palestine team member stands with children on
street and monitors soldiers' treatment of
13-year-old boy
 

Today, I woke up and reached for my phone. What I saw was a newsfeed flooded with rage, sadness, even despair. I remember those post-election nights and days from my previous career. When the first issue campaign I worked on lost, I cried more than a few bitter tears.  

When I woke up today, though, my emotional state was not connected to election results beyond passing feelings of hope and disappointment.  I woke up with energy and conviction to resist violence, oppression, and injustice for another day. It’s not that it doesn’t matter to me whether it’s politician A or B with their hands in the gears of the U.S. system.  Decisions made in the U.S. impact the bodies and lives of people and communities in the States and around the world.  It’s that now I’ve joined with so many in the active, concrete work of ongoing peacemaking.  And CPT, standing with our partners to transform violence and oppression, was resisting yesterday, is resisting today, and will be resisting tomorrow. 

Peacemakers, activists, resisters of injustice, whatever your feelings about today’s elections results: you can join today in our transformative peacemaking work. Vote for peace today by investing in the work of CPT. Thanks to you, members of CPT stand in solidarity with partners in peaceful transformative resistance every day in Palestine, Iraqi Kurdistan, Colombia, and Canada, no matter the U.S. election results any given November Tuesday.

Please make a donation today - over 80% of our income comes from donors like you.  

CPT INTERNATIONAL: $123,300 RAISED BY CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS IN SPITE OF RECESSION-FUELED GIVING DECLINE

Despite trends showing a decline in non-profit giving across the United States, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is pleased to announce generous donors have surpassed the original $110,000 goal for its Plowing and Planting Campaign, contributing $123,300. Pursuing CPT’s vision of a world of communities embracing the diversity of the human family, living justly and peaceably with all creation, the campaign was launched to “plow” under the debt for CPT’s Chicago training center and office, and “plant” seeds of investment in supportive care for full time team members.  “We’re thrilled to have such generous supporters who believe so deeply in the work of CPT,” said Executive Director, Sarah Thompson.  “In my travels, I’ve been inspired again and again by our diverse supporters and their deep commitment to CPT’s methods of transforming violence and oppression.”

Prayers for Peacemakers, June 4, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, June 4, 2014

 Pray for those participating in the refugee-led Freedom March to Brussels, a protest against the repressive and racist European migration regime.

 *Epixel for Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014
 
 "And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?  Parthians, Medes,
Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia
and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both
Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs--in our own languages we hear them speaking
about God's deeds of power?" Acts 2:8-11
 Photo Johann Stemmler
 *epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Muriel Schmid appointed Program Director and Jennifer Yoder Communications & Engagement Director

Christian Peacemaker Teams is pleased to announce the appointments of Muriel Schmid as Program Director and Jennifer Yoder as Communications & Engagement Director.

Schmid and Yoder's appointments compliment the new executive directorship of Sarah Thompson.  Together these three new positions replace former roles of co-directors and Outreach Coordinator.

As Communications & Engagement Director Yoder will amplify the communications work of project teams, liaise with CPT groups, and build connections with CPT supporters and potential recruits. Schmid's focus as Program Director will be on CPT's work in Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine, with First Nations in North America and the training and support of the peacemakers who do that work.

 

Muriel Schmid, MDiv, PhD, met CPT in Hebron/Al-Khalil while working with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel.  She went on a delegation with CPT’s Aboriginal Justice Team, joined the CPT Peacemaker Corps in 2013, and served in Iraqi Kurdistan.  A Swiss citizen, she comes to the Program Director post from the University of Utah, where she has been faculty in Religious and in Cultural Studies and director of the Religious Studies program.  Ordained in the Swiss Reformed Church she now identifies strongly with Quakerism.

Jennifer Yoder
Jennifer Yoder, a U.S. citizen, is new to CPT and brings a wealth of experience from her work as a grassroots justice activist in diverse U.S. ecclesial and political contexts.  As the Victim Services Coordinator at the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, she re-ignited statewide campaigns, and successfully rebuilt trust through clear communications and producing media for the Alliance.  In 2009 Yoder was co-creator of the Pink Menno movement for embrace of the LGBTQ community within the Mennonite Church.  Yoder’s ability to notice the interplay of privilege and oppression on personal, communal, and political levels has made her a valuable member of diverse leadership teams and an effective organizer.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Send applications before 1 May 2014 to join the Christian Peacemaker Corps summer 2014 training

 
 CPT Trainees advocate for farmers of Las
Pavas, Colombia
at Colombian Consulate in
Chicago

Did you participate in a recent Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) delegation that whetted your appetite for embodied peace work, partnering with others working nonviolently for justice, and confronting the injustice that leads to war? Does CPT's style of peacemaking, confronting injustice, and undoing oppressions work fit with yours? Is now the time to take the next step and join the Peacemaker Corps?

If so, please send your application to join the CPT Corps before 1 May 2014 for participation in CPT's Peacemaker Training in Chicago, IL, USA, 11 July-11 August 2014. Participants are encouraged to apply right away. Doing so will make it possible to notify those accepted for training in plenty of time for them to make travel arrangements. You will find the application at http://www.cpt.org/participate/peacemaker/apply.

We are committed to anti-oppression work both in and out of CPT, and we seek others also interested in this work. We are seeking applicants available for stipend-eligible service, as well as reservists.  For answers to more specific questions, email Adriana Cabrera-Velásquez, Personnel Coordinator, at personnel@cpt.org.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Communications & Engagement Director and Program Director position openings

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) invites expressions of interest in and nominations for the positions of Communications & Engagement Director and Program Director. 

The Communications & Engagement Director will coordinate, develop and implement a new overall CPT communications strategy that shares CPT’s story in a way that honors the voices of CPT’s partners, undoes oppression and furthers CPT’s mission, vision and values. 

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Twelve Peacemakers of Christmas, part 2

 

 9Muneco
 levels of cuteness may vary

Completing the list of peacemakers we honour this year with six more courageous and committed peacemakers!

Part 1 here; see the CPT Facebook Page for complete profiles.
#WeAreGrateful

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Twelve Peacemakers of Christmas, part 1

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Once more we are honouring a specific CPTer for their peacemaking work on each of the twelve days of Christmas. #WeAreGrateful

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Sarah Thompson appointed CPT Executive Director

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Sarah Thompson appointed CPT Executive Director
17 December 2013

Christian Peacemaker Teams is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Thompson to the position of CPT Executive Director, starting in January 2014.

Thompson brings a wide range of experiences to the position. Through her work in the international peace movement as a public-speaker and community organizer, she is adept at bringing people together across lines of difference and building momentum for positive social change. Her Christian church involvements include six years of volunteer work as the North American representative to Mennonite World Conference's Youth and Young Adult Executive Committee and Global Youth Summit planning group, as well as service with Mennonite Central Committee in Jerusalem, Washington, D.C. Advocacy office, and in her hometown of Elkhart, Indiana, United States.

Thompson has traveled across various continents through activist and volunteer work with feminist anti-war movements, Spanish translation opportunities, the Fulbright Scholarship, and Spelman College (graduated summa cum laude in 2006 with a Comparative Women's Studies & International Studies double major, and a minor in Spanish).

A 2011 Masters of Divinity graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Thompson writes, “I am thrilled and humbled to participate with CPT in this capacity. I feel called to the spiritual practice of building partnerships that transform violence and oppression. I am grateful to all who have gone before me to make this organization a place where I can use my gifts, bring my questions, encounter challenges, and rely on support from allies and colleagues.”

Thompson recalls, “I first learned about CPT's edgy peacemaking programs and analysis of structural oppression when I was in Peace Club at Bethany Christian High School in Goshen, Indiana (1999-2002). After attending the CPT Peacemaker Congress my sophomore year, I knew that CPT would be a part of my future.  I was thinking more along the lines of when I retired, but was delighted to have been invited to participate sooner.”

Outgoing Director Carol Rose says, “This is going to be great! We are beginning a really exciting period in CPT’s history.  I am confident to hand over leadership to Sarah who is creative, capable, and caring. Her activism grounded in deep faith, coupled with her brilliant thinking, brings a dynamism that will help keep CPT moving with joy and partnering powerfully.”

Thompson served as a member of CPT’s Steering Committee (2010-2012) and has worked for the past year as CPT’s Outreach Coordinator. “I am very grateful for these opportunities,” she says. “Like my previous work with grassroots, political, and social-justice organization, working through CPT has been a deeply formative and positive experience for me.” The focus of the Executive Director role will be on strategic directions for organizational development, undoing oppressions, and fund- and friend-raising.

To introduce yourself to Sarah, and/or to schedule her for a speaking engagement or fundraising event for CPT, please contact her at director@cpt.org. In light of this good news, please share this announcement widely, and click here to make a gift in support of Sarah as she begins as Executive Director.