Building partnerships to transform violence and oppression.

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 1, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 1, 2014

Pray for the members of the CPT Aboriginal Justice Delegation, currently in Grassy Narrows and Kenora.  Give them wide open eyes, minds and hearts as they witness how the criminal justice system plays out in the region, the different ways CPT’s partners in Grassy Narrows are standing up for their rights and dignity and how they are asserting sovereignty over their traditional lands.

Epixel* for Sunday, October 5, 2014
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard
Psalm 19:2-3
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's 
Revised Common 
Lectionary readings.

Upcoming CPT Events

Title Start: End:
Aboriginal Justice Delegation Fri, 09/26/2014 Mon, 10/06/2014
Iraqi Kurdistan Delegation Fri, 09/26/2014 Fri, 10/10/2014
Palestine/Israel Delegation Thu, 10/09/2014 Wed, 10/22/2014
Steering Committee Meetings - Conference Calls Tue, 10/14/2014 Sat, 10/18/2014
Palestine/Israel Delegation Sat, 11/29/2014 Sun, 12/14/2014

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About CPT

Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God's love.  We believe we can transform war and occupation, our own lives, and the wider Christian world through:

  • the nonviolent power of God's truth
  • partnership with local peacemakers
  • bold action

CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict.  These teams seek to follow God's Spirit as it works through local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression. 

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

Featured CPT Partner

Ms. Taban is part of a 120-family community displaced from their village, less than an hour away, because of Iranian and Turkish bombing.

In 1991, Ms. Taban, a nurse, returned to her remote village after graduation. "I came home by foot, joining many people in a march. We walked half a day and reached our home, which was destroyed by Saddam in 1980s. There was no water, no electricity, and no roof. We rebuilt it with hands, tears and joy."

But in 2008, Ms. Taban was displaced again when the United States, the Iraqi government, and the Kurdistan Regional Government renewed efforts to help Turkey and Iran use bombs and rockets to evacuate Kurdish villages from the border areas.

Ms. Taban is strong in her steadfastness, but fatigue is wearing her beautiful face and her dreams of going home to the mountains are fading.

CPT's Work: CPT accompanies villages like Ms. Taban's, documenting their experience, and advocating with decision-makers for a cease to state-sponsored violence and bombing.