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Prayers for Peacemakers, December 19, 2012

Join in the prayers of people pursuing social justice in the United States, including people touched by prisons, migration, homelessness, racism, sexism or other oppressions, struggling toward the "country that does not exist, of which we are citizens."

UNITED STATES: At home in beloved community

A weekend spent envisioning a
new democracy ends by singing
Rev. Martin Luther King's last

BORDERLANDS: Humane Borders

The Sonoran Desert holds no evidence of human habitation beyond scattered artifacts of the ancient Hohokum civilization, spent shells from the nearby Barry Goldwater Bombing Range, a petroglyph site, and a couple flyovers by Border Patrol helicopters. But Isaiah's promise of protection and water is fulfilled there.

UNITED STATES REFLECTION: A breath before speaking

A personal encounter during a public witness action tests and deepens a facebook friendship.



USA-CANADA: Peace, Pies and Prophets to tour Ohio, western PA and...

After successful runs in eastern Pennsylvania and the Midwest, 
the Peace, Pies and Prophets tour is headed to western
Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana in September and October.
Booking in U.S. and Canadian venues is available through 2013.

UNITED STATES REFLECTION: Islamophobia and the Sikh Temple shooting: WWJD

Jesus' portrayal of a nation's hated enemy as minister to imitate should do more than ruffle Islamophobes' feathers. It should move people to acts of radical hospitality.

CHICAGO: CPT marches on NATO


As NATO war makers gathered for their summit in Chicago, dozens of CPTers and CPT supporters marched with thousands from throughout the city and around the world.  The marchers called for an end to military madness and gave witness to the way of nonviolence that will midwife a just and peaceable society.  Several CPTers played key roles in nonviolence training and as peace guides.  The spirit of the march is exemplified in these photos by CPTer Tim Nafziger.

UNITED STATES: An invitation to insurrection. Apply for Wild Goose Festival by Monday 21/5/2012 for 15% CPT discount

It started with just one or two people refusing to comply. Instead of obeying instructions, they started asking why some of us acting as soldiers were removing people. More people started to notice, turning from the speaker to watch the detention of festival attendees, and those detaining them. Some moved closer, ignoring the authorities’ commands to stay away.  Before long, the situation could not be contained.

As one of the mock soldiers, I was irritated to find listeners denying my power. We had organised this surprise role-play with the speaker at the 2011 Wild Goose Festival, planning to interrupt his talk with a security check of the audience who were enjoying the warm sunshine on the grassy meadow. All the young men were told to report to our checkpoint, and our uniformed actors assembled them into a line for processing, off to one side of the field, as the speaker resumed his talk. It was easy enough to ignore the few people who objected to our interruption.


Peter Haresnape leads workshop at Wild Goose 2011

CPT CHICAGO: Peace, Pies and Prophets tour prepares for second leg; are you next?

After a successful first run in Pennsylvania, the Peace, Pies and Prophets tour is headed to South Bend, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois and Madison, Wisconsin in the mid-western United States on May 3-6 (See show details below).

“The event was a participatory wonder," said Ted Swartz, describing the first night of the tour last month, "Our show, I’d Like to Buy an Enemy was interspersed with a 'stealth auction,' where an air horn would go off and Tim Reubke and I would don our special hats and auction off handcrafted pies.  It truly felt to us like the beginning of a movement.  A movement around peacemaking, subversive theater and pies."  The first three shows in Lancaster, Philadelphia and Souderton raised over $15,000 for CPT through sales of $140 pies and free will offering.  You can watch a short film of  Pies Promoting Peace on Vimeo.

CPT USA: Ted & Company "Peace, Pies and Prophets" tour to hold benefit auction for CPT

Jesus commanded us to love our enemies, and Moses said, “Thou shall eat pie” (or so some imagine).  Ted & Company TheaterWorks, led by Ted Swartz, is touring four cities in the spring of 2012 on the theme “Peace, Pies and Prophets.”

Swartz’s performances, including I’d Like to Buy an Enemy, will include a pie auction to support Christian Peacemaker Teams.  The tour incorporates theater and comedy into biblical storytelling, often pushing the envelope on issues of faith and social justice.