Building partnerships to transform violence and oppression.

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, 23 October 2014

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, 23 October 2014

Pray for the millions of people displaced by violence in Syria, Iraq, and Kurdistan. In the last two weeks, heavy rains and cold weather have made conditions in refugee and IDP camps much worse. As winter approaches, pray also for local community members working to provide aid to displaced people. As the crisis lengthens, pray also for the safe return of all women, men, and children kidnapped by ISIS.

Epixel* for Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Teacher, which commandment in the  law is the greatest?"He said  to him,  "'You shall love the
 Lord your God with all your heart, and  with all your  soul, and with all your mind.'
This is  the
greatest and first commandment. 
And a second is like it: 'You shall love  your  neighbor as yourself.
'
On these  two commandments hang all the  law  and the prophets." Matt: 22:36-40

 *epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's
 
Revised  Common Lectionary readings.

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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

Kani Spi (“White Spring”) village sits next to a mine field on the Iraq/Iran border. Villagers live every day in a death trap, caught between the beauty of nature and the military violence of past and current governments.

Mr. Mahmud has been fighting to restore the beautiful countryside for decades by removing the mines, at a steep price: the loss of one brother, one son, and his leg. Now Turkey and Iran are conducting heavy bombardments in the region, forcing people to move and abandon their way of life.

The United States shares intelligence with Turkey to help Turkey and Iran combat Kurdish political groups. But often those attacks are on civilian villages. Mr. Mahmud wants the three countries to stop their military actions so he can clear the landmines from the field.

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