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April 27th, 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 27 April 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 27 April 2017

Today let us lift in our prayers those who "pray with their feet" and advocate for the rights of the Indigenous peoples. On 23 April, a group of mainly Christians has set out on a 600 km (around 375 miles) long pilgrimage through the Canadian province of Ontario. CPT Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Team co-organizes the pilgrimage.        

Let us pray that the eyes, ears and hearts of lawmakers and settlers of Canada and around the world be opened and embrace that to which God calls us: truth, reconciliation and justice.  

Pilgrimage 2

Learn more about the pilgrimage and ways to join and support it.

April 25th

PALESTINE: Reflection of a CPT Steering Committee member: What I learned during my travel to Palestine

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25 April 2017

Reflection of a CPT Steering Committee member: What I learned during my travel to Palestine

by Timothy Wotring

I attended the Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Board Meeting as the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship representative, not expecting anything life-altering, but transformation waits for no one. CPT organized their Board Meeting in Hebron, Palestine during the week of March 13th. It just so happened to coincide with my Spring break and I decided to travel halfway around the world, instead of resting from my other part-time jobs.

When we landed in Tel Aviv, I prepared to be questioned. My first encounter was with an Israeli soldier. He asked me the standard questions of who, what, when, where, why of my time in Israel. I passed the test and finally made it to passport control. There, an officer asked me the same basic questions but this time more directly about my time in Iraqi Kurdistan, which was actually my first delegation with CPT last May. Unimpressed with my answer, he sent me to a separate room with a few others who apparently had red flags about their passports as well. 

About 10 minutes in, an Israeli Security Force agent called me our for questioning. She first handed me a sheet that looked like this:

 security sheet

I filled it out and she asked about where I worked, organizations I financially support, if I have ever protested, if I give to organizations who support BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), and other pointed questions about where I was staying on my visit. Finally, she requested to see my phone, searched through my emails, contacts, Facebook, and text messages, and asked if I knew Arabic.

April 19th

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 April 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 April 2017

In the last three months the government of the United States of America bombed Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. Tensions in the Middle East, Russia, North Korea and around the world escalate rapidly. The numbers of killed civilians grow everyday. We need to do something! 

Last weekend, the Christian community celebrated Easter: Jesus has risen defeating death. Following the example of Jesus, let us arise and take action for peace and to stop death. Let us support or take part in peacemaking initiatives and organizations. Let us advocate for all who seek refuge from bombs. Let us pray for all who suffer in the wars in Syria and other countries. Let us pray for each one of us and that our creativity and strength would persist.

bombing hurts please stop

Galatians 6: 7-9

A person harvests whatever he plants: The person who sows through human means will harvest decay from human means, but the person who sows in the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up.

April 18th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 11 - 17

A week of occupation in photos: April 11 - 17
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Militarized Passover

 
Pictured here: Thousands of Jewish settlers and tourists came to Al Khalil/Hebron last week to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover and with them a heavily increased military presence. A Palestinian girl walks to the Al Fayhaa Girls School, located on the right just inside that orange door, while hundreds of Israeli soldiers and police patrol the area in jeeps and tanks.   

(April 12, 2017)

April 7th

COLOMBIA: The Peasant Prophets

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7 April 2017

COLOMBIA: The Peasant Prophets

by Jhon Henry.

Micah was a peasant farmer born in Moresheth, a quiet village located in Judah, southwest of Jerusalem; This peasant farmer prophesied against greed and cruelty that abounded in his time.

In Micah’s time people were selfish and opportunistic and therefore justice was mismanaged, always seeking self-benefit over truth.

Micah’s strongest words were against the corruption that permeated all areas of society, a society in which those who had power took advantage of it ignoring the call of God to act with justice. Of course in that historical context poor people were not only the result of an unequal society, but also their poverty resulting from corrupt laws and judicial processes that favored only the owners of power. 

One of the options used by Micah to denounce corruption in this context is the following, which refers to the administration of power that fosters inequality:

Micah 2:1-2 â€¨1 Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.  2 They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud people of their homes, they rob them of their inheritance.

In biblical contexts such as the one of Micah’s, to be a prophet implies a vocation. The willingness to be called by God to enter into a deep relationship, where God brings to the table the great injustices to which the rich and powerful subjected the poor and humble of his time. The role of the prophet was to receive this divine inspiration and denounce in all spaces, seeking that through this denunciation a change be generated and all seek God.

Women Farmers  

Photo: Caldwell Manners/CPT

April 6th

Prayers for Peacemakers. 6 March 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 6 March 2017

Today, we grieve with family, friends and community of MJ Sharp who died investigating the ongoing violence and human rights abuses in Democratic Republic of the Congo and advocating for creative violence-reduction solutions.

Today, we remember those who died not giving up hope and struggle for a better world built on respect, justice and peace. May their lives and work become seeds that will  transform this violent world and give rise to a new future for us all.

Photo of MJ Sharp with a candle

“And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.” Job 2:13

April 5th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos March 28 - April 3

A week of occupation in photos: March 28 - April 3
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Land Day Demonstration

 
Pictured here: The "Dismantle the Ghetto, Take Settlers Out of Hebron" Campaign planted olive trees to mark the 41st anniversary of Land Day; a day to commemorate deadly clashes in 1976 over discriminatory Israeli policies against Arab citizens.

 (March 30, 2017)

March 29th

Prayers for peacemakers. 29 March, 2017

Prayers for peacemakers. 29 March, 2017 

Water is life. Water is revitalizing energy. Water is a right. Every year on March 22, millions of people celebrate the World Water Day and raise awareness about the waste of water, the importance of preventing deforestation, protection of the paramos (unique ecosystems that produce high amounts of water), the need to control production of carbon dioxide, and other fundamental issues.

However, many people with specific interests prefer to make profits from extraction of oil, gold, coal and minerals, which destroys and endangers water sources in different parts of the world.

Today we invite you to pray for the guardians of water who despite the difficulties continue their struggle.

Hand of Leader of the Guardians of Water.

Hand of JosĂ© Domingo, Campesino and guardian of water in Cajamarca, Colombia. This photo was taken on  March 25th, the day before the referendum. The mountain in the back, La Colosa, is the place where Anglo Gold Ashanti wanted to extract gold. Photo Credit: Hanna Thiesing.

March 28th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos March 21 - 27

A week of occupation in photos: March 21 - 27
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Stopped

 
Pictured here:  Palestinians, including children and a differently abled teenager were stopped, detained and IDed on their way to work and school by Israeli soldiers. 

 (March 21, 2017)