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CPT INTERNATIONAL: Train with CPT ‚Äď Join CPT‚Äôs Peacemaker Corps

CPTnet
March 2, 2017
CPT INTERNATIONAL: Train with CPT ‚Äď Join CPT‚Äôs Peacemaker Corps 

 

 

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is currently accepting applications for its Peacemaker Corps.  Join us in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression!  

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have completed, or plan to complete, a short-term CPT Delegation or internship.  Qualified applicants may be invited to participate in CPT‚Äôs intensive, month-long training from 13 July ‚Äď 13 August 2017 in Chicago, Illinois USA where membership in the Peacemaker Corps is discerned.  Trained Peacemaker Corps members are then eligible to apply for open positions on CPT teams.  

CPT builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression in situations of lethal conflict around the world.  We are committed to work and relationships that: 1) honor and reflect the presence of faith and spirituality, 2) strengthen grassroots initiatives, 3) transform structures of domination and oppression, and 4) embody creative nonviolence and liberating love. 

CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression.  We are committed to undoing oppressions within our own lives and in the policies and practices of our organization.   

CPT is a Christian-identified organization with multi-faith/spiritually diverse membership.  We seek individuals who are capable, responsible and rooted in faith/spirituality to work for peace as members of violence-reduction teams trained in the disciplines of nonviolence.  We are committed to building a Peacemaker Corps that reflects the rich diversity of the human family in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 March 2017; direct any questions and send complete application to personnel@cpt.org.

PALESTINE/COLOMBIA REFLECTION: Made in the USA -- Take action to stop military aid

CPTnet
11 September 2017
PALESTINE/COLOMBIA REFLECTION: Made in the USA -- Take action to stop military aid

by Hannah Redekop

Lucas lay on the ground gasping for air, while his community frantically gathered around him, fanning his body and cracking open coconuts with hopes that the sweet water would revive him.  Moments earlier, on that day in June 2014, the Colombian riot police (ESMAD) had forced their way onto Guayabo farmland under illegal orders to evict the small farming community living on the banks of the Magdalena River.  The community had gathered in a line, hands held tight, to peacefully resist the takeover. ESMAD violently beat back several campesino farmers and then fired half a dozen tear gas canisters to disperse the community. Lucas, having inhaled the toxic chemical, had passed out while struggling to breathe.

Campesino man blocks the gate from riot police          A campesino blocks the entry to the farm during the June 2014 eviction in El Guayabo. Photo: Luca Zanetti

Prayers for Peacemakers, 6 September 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 6 September 2017

Pray for the nearly 800,000 "dreamers", who based on the US presidential decision are in danger of losing legally provided permission to work, study and live in the USA and of deportation to countries they left as children.

Your classmate, your colleague, your neighbor, your friend, your partner, the person who helps you in the shop, the person who shakes your hand in the church, any one of them could be a "dreamer."

"Dreamers" are called women, men, people who arrived to the United States of America as minors before their 16th birthday and have lived there since 2007 or longer. Most of them came from Mexico and different countries of Central America.

Yesterday the president of the United States announced the end of the program that has provided legal temporary immigration status to the "dreamers." Nearly 800,000 people will lose their legal protection and permission to work, study and live in the USA. They are in danger of being deported to places they have not known since being children or infants.

Let us pray for all those who came to the USA following the difficult decisions made by their families and adults around them. Let us pray for their safety and protection so that they may continue living their lives in the USA. Let us pray for all who act in solidarity with the "dreamers" and others deemed "illegal" by nationalistic segregation. Let us work together to change the increasingly restrictive and selective immigration policies of the countries we live in.

People holding banners: Protect all immigrants, and You say I'm just a dreamer but I'm not the only one.
           Photo from Al Jazeera

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams is seeking an Interim Administrative Director

25 August 2017


POSITION OPENING: Interim Administrative Director

Christian Peacemaker Teams ‚Äď Chicago, Illinois

 Christian Peacemaker Teams is seeking an Interim Administrative Director. We anticipate the position being for one year; hours and wages to be negotiated. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and brief description of approach to interim and transitional processes to hiring@cpt.org.  Review of candidates will begin immediately.

Purpose of Interim Administrative Director:

  • To strategize, coordinate, and aid communication within the organization. This person will work alongside the Program Director to help CPT better align with the mission of the organization to confront areas of lethal conflict and undoing oppressions. 

  • To help CPT assess the administrative components of its work and how it connects to the organization as a whole with regard to projects and Steering Committee including: structure, roles, decision making flow, constituency relations. 

  • Bring skilled understanding of organizational structures and models, and how to make organizational change. The interim nature of the role will allow for greater freedom to provide constructive criticism of areas that are weak in relation to fulfilling our mission, vision, and values of partnership which are not in line with stated CPT values of partnership. Their main purpose is to help the organization change into the new model and prepare us for working with our new Administrative Director.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Message of gratitude to Sarah Thompson as she completes her tenure of service as CPT Executive Director

25 August 2017
CPT INTERNATIONAL: Message of gratitude to Sarah Thompson as she completes her tenure of service as CPT Executive Director 

Dear CPT Supporters,

Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will complete her tenure of service in October 2017. 

Sarah's MLK Speech at Goshen College
                                                                                    Sarah Thompson's MLK Speech at Goshen College, Indiana 2017


As Sarah‚Äôs time of service comes to a close, the Steering Committee,  Program Director Milena Rincon, and members of CPT would like to take the opportunity to thank her for her hard work, leadership and commitment to the organization, and the holy work of peacemaking.  Sarah‚Äôs term has been marked by vision, intelligence and relentless energy. Her dedication to the well-being of CPT is matched only by her desire to further its reach in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression.  During these years Sarah has taken CPT to new places and started new conversations while tending well to the history and relationships that formed the organization.  That is not an easy task, but she performed it with wisdom and grace.  Sarah‚Äôs optimism and kindness are inspiring.  She never failed to acknowledge the dignity of every person she interacted with.  We thank her for that gift.

With Gratitude,

 Milena Rincon, Program Director, and the CPT Steering Committee

Oraciones por la paz, Agosto 24, 2017

Oraciones por la paz, Agosto 24, 2017

Agradecimiento y oración para bendecir a las diez personas que recientemente se graduaron de la capacitación para hacedores de paz de ECAP.

Demos gracias a las 10 maravillosas personas que terminaron y se graduaron exitosamente de la capacitación intensiva de un mes para hacedores de paz de ECAP. Est@s 10 hacedores de paz emprenderán diferentes viajes en los equipos de ECAP y/o en sus comunidades alrededor del mundo.

La capacitaci√≥n fue una hermosa y profunda experiencia de transformaci√≥n, la cual no es nada f√°cil. Las sesiones experienciales de la capacitaci√≥n requieren de la presencia y el compromiso de cada un@ de l@s participantes, as√≠ como tambi√©n de la apertura para ser tranformad@s. L@s graduad@s experimentaron un gran n√ļmero de situaciones dif√≠ciles, las cuales tuvieron que procesar de manera individual y luego en grupo para continuar creciendo juntos como comunidad. Una persona tuvo que abandonar la capacitaci√≥n de manera intempestiva, otro tuvo que lidiar con una inesperada situaci√≥n de salud. Los participantes de la capacitaci√≥n tambi√©n tuvieron que lidiar con el hecho de que cinco de las personas que tambi√©n hab√≠an sido invitadas a la capacitaci√≥n no pudieron asistir gracias a las opresivas pol√≠ticas de visado o a circunstancias personales. Sin embargo, pese a todo esto, hoy celebramos junto a est@s 10 hacedores de paz de Brasil, Uruguay, Rep√ļblica Checa, Alemania, Canad√° y EE.UU.  que se graduaron de la capacitaci√≥n, l@s cuales compartir√°n y practicar√°n todo lo que ell@s han aprendido. Oremos y pidamos por la bendici√≥n y la gu√≠a divina en sus nuevos caminos, en sus regresos a casa y en las transiciones a la nueva vida y a sus nuevos compromisos laborales con ECAP.

Esta fue la capacitaci√≥n n√ļmero 48 que Equipos Cristianos de Acci√≥n por la Paz ha organizado durante sus 31 a√Īos de existencia. M√°s de 500 personas han sido capacitadas para poder ser parte de la organizaci√≥n y para fortalecer sus habilidades como hacedores de paz. Estamos profundamente agradecidos por el compromiso de cada una de las personas que ha hecho parte de este viaje para hacer la paz, bien sea como participantes de las capacitaciones o en hacer, a trav√©s de diferentes formas, que las capacitaciones sean posibles, o acompa√Ī√°ndolos con una oraci√≥n.

Graduacion de la capacitacion en Chicago

CPT UNITED STATES: Christian Peacemaker Teams supports clergy and community members in Charlottesville through trainings in nonviolent action

CPTnet
18 August 2017
CPT UNITED STATES: Christian Peacemaker Teams supports clergy and community members in Charlottesville through trainings in nonviolent action

by Sarah Thompson

On behalf of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) community, first and foremost we want to extend our condolences to the families of the victims of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Though Trump‚Äôs denouncement of the horrendous ‚ÄúUnite the Right‚ÄĚ rally on 12 August 2017 was weak, the Charlottesville community‚Äôs response was very strong. From clergy to anti-fascist (Antifa) mobilizers to street medics to students, they all came together to confront the misdirected anger and brutalizing violence of the ultra-nationalist right wing‚ÄĒmostly young white men were in attendance‚ÄĒin the United States.

Already in July, the local clergy group knew they needed more reinforcement and training to prepare for the violence their city would experience at the hands of white supremacists on 12 August.

Banner portraying three women and inscription: "We all belong here. We will defend each other"                                                        Image from the online invitation to "Chicago Interfaith Service in Solidarity with Charlottesville"

Prayers for Peacemakers, 16 August 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 16 August 2017

Pray for those who came together to stop hate in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Pray for the many activists groups that came together to stop hate in Charlottesville, Virginia on behalf of all of us. Pray that as they recover from the brutal day, they are able to find comfort and trust that the Eternal One is with them, even in these mysterious, deadly times. Pray that all those injured find healing, and that people of color and religious minorities--indigenous and immigrant, Jew, Buddhist and Muslim--find new allies in the face of continual onslaught of racist violence across the US South and the nation.

memorial Heather Heter

Photo credit: Vice News.

Psalm 73:23

I am always with You.‚Ä®Though my heart is troubled and I‚Äôm filled with dread‚Ä®I turn to face Your Mystery‚Ä®Though I‚Äôve been lost inside my head‚Ä®I open to Eternity. 

Prayers for Peacemakers, 11 August 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 11 August 2017

On the occasion of the international observance of the Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, let us pray for and engage in active solidarity with the indigenous peoples struggle for their rights and protection of land.

This week the world observes the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The indigenous peoples have too often been erased and silenced from the history and the present. The discussions about the future rarely consider indigenous peoples' voices and reality. Yet, their voices and message sound clear and louder each day. This year marks the 10th anniversary since the world and regional power groups adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Now is the time to implement it. Especially and more so among the people of faith, who have committed to worship and follow the God of peace, justice and love.

Let us reflect on what actions could we take in solidarity with the indigenous peoples who struggle to reclaim their cultural realities and to protect their lives, land and resources. Let us pray that we might comprehend more clearly what actions do we as people of faith need to take. Many of us in Christian Peacemaker Teams are descendants of settlers on lands of others. And some of us come from communities massacred and dispossessed by others. Let us pray for the renewal of strength and energy for the indigenous organizers and communities who ask for respect for their lives, rights and for just and equal opportunities. Let us pray for those who committed to live and work as allies and in solidarity. Let us carry in our thoughts and prayers members of the CPT Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Team in Winnipeg, Canada.

Youth from Grassy Narrows

Consider watching a music video from an indigenous community of Grassy Narrows that CPT partners with.

Also, here you may read the latest updates from the CPT Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Team.

PALESTINE AND USA REFLECTION: The Struggle to Breathe; state policies and lethal violence target Palestinian people and black US American communities

CPTnet

7 July 2017

PALESTINE AND USA REFLECTION: The Struggle to Breathe; state policies and lethal violence target Palestinian people and black US American communities

by Rachelle Friesen 

Oppression chokes, squeezing communities until breath becomes more and more difficult. It displaces people from their land, pushes people into low-income neighbourhoods where folks struggle to survive in markets of high-unemployment, and contains people through mass incarceration. In targeted communities every day‚Äôs existence becomes a battleground to regain breath. 

This is acutely felt in the black community in the United States. The unemployment rate for African Americans is 8.8 percent, double rate of what it is for whites. One in three black men can expect to go to prison in their life time. A black man is 5.1 times more likely to be incarcerated than a white man. In 2016 the police killed more than 250 black people in the USA. 

In Palestine, there is a similar struggle for existence as Israeli policies of displacement push and confine Palestinians into extremely crowded zones. Israeli settlements expand and Palestinian land shrinks, strangling opportunities for farmers. There are 7,000 Palestinians in Israeli detention as one in four Palestinian men will spend time in prison. Walls, checkpoints, and settler-bypass roads contain and threaten communities. Meanwhile in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on earth, Palestinians are caged while facing a barrage of bombings and shootings from the Israeli Military on a frequent basis.

Struggle to breathe in USA and Palestine