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Prayers for Peacemakers 16 May 2018 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers 16 May 2018  Colombia

Pray for human rights defender Lilia Peña and her family as they heal from the trauma of threats to their lives.

On 9 May 2018,  witnesses state that four masked and armed men entered the home of human rights defender Lilia Peña, threatening the lives of her elderly father, her housekeeper and two of her grandchildren. For approximately twenty minutes the armed men held the group at gunpoint repeating several times to Peña—who pleaded with them to take whatever they wanted but not harm anyone—“We´ve come here to kill you b***h.  Through the window she noticed another man who gave a signal to the men inside. The four men grabbed a laptop, a projector, three  cellphones and left.  As they left they shouted, “If you scream we will kill you.”

Peña, the co-founder of the Regional Association for Victims of State Crimes (Spanish acronym ASORVIMM) has received threats on numerous occasions.  In 2013 CPT accompanied Lilia for several days after someone threatened to throw a grenade into her house.  

Being a human rights activist like Lilia is an incredibly risky venture. According to the Colombian government's Human Rights Protection Office(Defensoria del Pueblo) from January 2016 to the 27th of February 2018, 282 community leaders and human rights activists have been murdered. 

CPT INTERNATIONAL: CPT authors contribute to to new book, Unsettling the Word


For generations, the Bible has been employed by settler colonial societies as a weapon to dispossess Indigenous and racialized peoples of their lands, cultures, and spiritualities. Given this devastating legacy, many want nothing to do with it. But is it possible for the exploited and their allies to reclaim the Bible from the dominant powers? Can we make it an instrument for justice in the cause of the oppressed? Even a nonviolent weapon toward decolonization?

In Unsettling the Word, more than 60 Indigenous and Settler authors come together to wrestle with the Scriptures, re-reading and re-imagining the ancient text for the sake of reparative futures.  Among these contributors are  CPTers Steve Heinrichs, who edits the book, Peter Haresnape and Kathy Moorhead Thiessen. Lisa Martens, a CPT alum, also provides a reflection.

Created by Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program, Unsettling the Word is intended to nurture courageous conversations with the Bible, our current settler colonial contexts, and the Church’s call to costly peacemaking. 

Prayers for Peacemakers 9 May 2018 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers 9 May 2018  Palestine

 

Pray for a time when Palestinian children in Hebron are free to spend more time learning, playing and enjoying activities with friends instead of contemplating ways to strike back at the oppression under which they live.

On Fridays when school is out and many people have a day off work, it is common in Al Khalil (Hebron) for clashes between Israeli occupying forces and local young men to occur.  The constant presence of such clashes normalizes the experience for the younger children who live amongst the conflict and observe it in action. The result is that boys, often preteen in age (as seen in the photo), also choose to participate in these clashes. 

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces opening for OUTREACH COORDINATOR

 

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks a full-time Outreach Coordinator to manage CPT’s efforts to engage world-wide support for our partners, financially and through action and advocacy.  The Outreach Coordinator will serve as an ambassador of CPT, seeking out and participating in public speaking events, connecting new individuals and communities to CPT, and boosting existing support.  The position involves close collaboration with various circles within CPT to enhance donor and volunteer support for our mission.

APPLICATION REVIEW BEGINS May 21, 2018.  See full position description.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces opening for postion of ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

 Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks a full-time Administrative Director to empower and guide the work of CPT in fulfilling our mission. It involves working closely with CPT’s Program Director in a collaborative, consensus-based, team model.

 Primary responsibilities include overall financial and administrative oversight, strategic planning and culture formation, and board and staff development.  The position involves some international travel to meetings and/or project sites each year.