Christian Peacemaker Teams activities in Europe.
April 15th, 2011
On 25 March
2011, under an overcast sky, a group of CPTers walk slowly with heads bowed
from the Wittenbergplatz U-Bahn station towards the Colombian embassy in
Berlin, Germany. At the embassy, the group divided, with most of participants
remaining in the entrance hall, performing a Beatitudes-based Lenten litany with
the theme of embracing justice and hope amid the circumstances of land
displacement and corporate greed. Meanwhile,
a smaller group walked upstairs to deliver a letter to the ambassadress. This
letter, composed by CPT Colombia, highlights the history and current situation
of the Las Pavas community.
February 8th, 2011
March 25-27, 2011, the first Christian Peacemaker Teamsâ€™
â€śEuropean Regional Convergenceâ€ť will be hosted by the Berlin Mennonite
congregation. For two days, CPT
Corps members and supporters from several European countries will pray
together, exchange thoughts and views, and participate in a public witness. CPT Corps members will arrive one day
earlier to discuss issues of oppression, outreach opportunities, and strategies
in an expanding CPT.
October 21st, 2010
On 2 October 2010, Gandhiâ€™s birthday, CPTer Martin
Smedjeback received the non-violence award of the Swedish Fellowship of
Reconciliation (SweFOR). He has worked as secretary of non-violence for SweFOR
and is now non-violence facilitator and a peace activist.
September 27th, 2010
A life-changing thought came to mind
this past week while I was serving in the village of at-Tuwani. I was out
with Palestinian shepherds, watching the Jewish settlers of Ma'on construct
another large chicken barn on stolen Palestinian land. As I watched, all of a sudden, the
armed Jewish settlers and their bulldozers vanished from sight, only to be
replaced by other white settlersâ€”persons of European origin, carrying Bibles,
guns, and Christian civilization. Then the Palestinian shepherds next to
me, a couple of young Muslim teenagers, also disappeared, and in their place
stood two men of First Nations origin. And before I knew it, the desert
land beneath my feet began to tremble, and thousands of huge Douglas Firs
erupted from the hillsides, while a raging river full of salmon and steelhead
burst forth from the rocky valley below.
August 22nd, 2010
A Swedish CPTer, in prison
for disabling weapons of war, and his fellow inmates introduce each other to
new worlds and convictions.
June 19th, 2009
During the time I have been in prison so far (almost three months when
writing this), I have not been met by even a harsh word, threat or any
physical abuse what so ever. Neither have I seen any violence, physical
or psychological, between anyone in prison. The heaviest weapon the
guards carry is a pepper spray. ''I have never had to use it," says a
woman in her forties who has worked many years as a guard. "I use this
instead" she says and points to her mouth. "It solves almost all
conflicts." â€¦At one lunch, I had a philosophical discussion with a
twenty-nine-year old female guard about the difference between
determinism and utilitarianism.