October 21st, 2016

October 20th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Full-time Indigenous Peoples Solidarity field team member sought


Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is accepting expressions of interest for the position of: Full-time Field Team Member.  All members of CPT’s Peacemaker Corps and qualified people from outside the corps are eligible to apply.

Team: Indigenous Peoples Solidarity (IPS)

Reports to Project Support Coordinator

Status: Full-time, stipended, three year term

Stipend: $1000US/month (independent living – no “team house”)

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada) – Turtle Island

Start Date: December 1, 2017

October 19th

Oraciones por la Paz, octubre 20 de 2016

Oraciones por la Paz, octubre 20 de 2016

Oren por los jóvenes de Hebrón, Palestina, quienes desean orar en la Mezquita de Ibrahím el viernes. El Ejército israelí ha prohibido la asistencia de hombres entre los quince y treinta y cinco años de edad a las oraciones de mediodía el día viernes.

*Epixel for Peacemakers October 23, 2016

Jesús contó esta otra parábola para algunos que, seguros de sí mismos por considerarse justos, despreciaban a 
los demás: "Dos hombres fueron al templo a orar: el uno era fariseo, y el otro era uno de esos que cobran
 impuestos para Roma. El fariseo, de pie, oraba así: 'Oh Dios, te doy gracias porque no soy como los demás, que
 son ladrones, malvados y adúlteros, ni como ese cobrador de impuestos. Yo ayuno dos veces a la semana y te 
doy la décima parte de todo lo que gano.' Pero el cobrador de impuestos se quedó a cierta distancia, y ni siquiera 
se atrevía a levantar los ojos al cielo, sino que se golpeaba el pecho y decía: '¡Oh Dios, ten compasión de mí, que
 soy pecador!' Les digo que este cobrador de impuestos volvió a su casa ya justo, pero el fariseo no. Porque el 
que a sí mismo se engrandece, será humillado; y el que se humilla, será engrandecido." –Lucas 18: 9-14
*Fotografía epistólica es un proyecto dirigido a las Iglesias, donde se comparte una foto y un texto que se relacionan con las lecturas del Leccionario Común Revisado
para el día domingo.

October 18th

MEDITERRANEAN REFLECTION: Give and take--distributing watermelon on Lesvos


Aside from the thick wall of heat glomming on to my body as I walk into the uncooled space of the camp kitchen where I am scheduled to spend the next four hours, the large mound of watermelon stacked in crumpled plastic crates on the floor grabs my attention first.

I thought I would try to stay within my comfort zone the first morning in the refugee camp. I volunteer for the job of food distribution, receive a knife and am told to start quartering the watermelons lengthwise. Who brings this watermelon here? Do they come every day? Are they from local farmers? How many should I cut? Nobody–of the handful of volunteers standing around finishing their coffees–knows. All I get, for sure, is that I need to split a few of the long quarters in half for the smaller families and individuals.

I take a hefty melon from the pile in the corner and set it on my cutting board. My hands sense a sort of magical energy tension at the point just before the knife-edge touches the watermelon, and it splits willingly. It cracks open with rough edges, creating an uneven topographical surface of ripe, red flesh on each half. Working with another volunteer, a young man from Berlin, we smile each time this happens, but otherwise, wordlessly fill a plastic crate, arranging the wedges so they will rise with reasonable stability just over the edges.

October 17th

CANADA: The testimony I could not give--CPTer David Milne’s statement against Canadian weapons trafficking

[Note: On 19 September, CPTer David Milne had charges dismissed related to his protest of the 25 May CANSEC weapons bazaar in Ottawa.  Below is the statement he did not get to make before the court.]

 “Your Worship, I plead not guilty to trespassing and creating a disturbance. I acknowledge that officers of the RCMP and the Ottawa police did warn me on three or more occasions between 10:30 a.m. and noon of May 25 that I should leave the lobby of the building with our banner ‘NO MORE ARMS DEALS’ or face criminal charges. An RCMP officer later warned me that if I continued to shout while in the lobby I would be charged with creating a disturbance. Nonetheless, I assert that my actions and those of my two colleagues were necessary to warn government officials and the Canadian public that continuing the traffic in arms recklessly endangers Canadian citizens and brings harm to foreign citizens. Arms sales do not protect us; they endanger us.

We chose this location, Your Worship, because this is where arms manufacturers and the representatives of foreign governments meet with Canadian government officials to make arms deals. We needed to bring our protest to the centre rather than remain on the periphery.

October 14th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 4-10 October 2016

Learning Delayed 

Pictured here: Israeli Border Police prevented thirty-eight children and two teachers from passing through the checkpoint for almost thirty minutes. As a result, students not only witnessed their teachers' detention, but they were also late to school.
(October 6, 2016)

October 13th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: September 2016 newsletter--the people resist the government’s corruption



September 2016

Iraqi Kurdistan

Demonstrations in Iraqi Kurdistan
I demand that my life and my family's lives be saved 
CPT Iraqi Kurdistan Team
Hemn Bnaslawayi at CPT house. Photo by: Julie Brown.
It was around 6:30 when Asaish security forces suddenly arrived at Hemin’s home in Erbil.  They were in official cars with logos. As the security forces began to pull Hemn from the premises his fifteen year old son began to shout and ask why they were taking his father.  It was then that an officer punched Hemin’s son in the face and arrested him.  The officers also became physical with his pregnant wife. The officers put a bag over Hemin’s head and forced him into their car while they beat his son and put him into a different car.

Read the full report here

October 12th

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 12, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 12, 2016

Give thanks for seven new CPTers who recently completed training in the Czech Republic and the fresh energy they will bring to teams working in the field. Pray for their strength and wisdom as they join our Indigenous, Palestinian, Kurdish, and Colombian partners and partners working with refugees and migrants to transform violence through the nonviolent power of God’s truth.


*Epixel for Peacemakers  October 16, 2016 
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. Psalm 121:5-8
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary  readings

October 11th

COLOMBIA: Colombians reject peace deal. Why and what next?


A woman looks for her identification number on a chart at a local voting station in Barrancabermeja. (CPT/Caldwell Manners)

Nine days have passed since the 2 October referendum when 6,431,376 Colombians voted to reject the peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP). The slim win of the “No” vote, by a margin of 54,000, leaves the country in a highly polarized state.

On September 26 with the whole world watching, President Juan Manuel Santos quoted the national anthem, “The horrible night has ceased,” after signing the 297-page peace agreement with the FARC. The signing set at the historic city of Cartagena with heads of state and dignitaries from fifteen countries present was a symbolic and powerful move to sway a divided country to vote in favor of the agreement. In 2013, Santos proposed a referendum in hopes to seal the agreement with a public show of confidence. He promised a simple “Sí” or  “No” question—“Do you support the final agreement to end the conflict and the construction of a stable and long-lasting peace?” The country would take on the responsibility to ratify the agreement. It didn’t work.

October 10th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: CPT Seeks Psychosocial Care Coordinator


Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is accepting expressions of interest for the full-time position of: Psychosocial Care Coordinator.  

 Team: Independent Consultant accountable to CPT’s Administrative Team

Reports to Program Director

Terms: Independent Consultant, full-time, 40 hours/week, three-year appointment

Compensation: to be negotiated

Location: flexible; international travel required

Start Date: 1 December 2016

Application Deadline: 30 October 2016 

Please send resumé and statement of motivation to Full job description available upon request.