CPT International

GENE STOLTZFUS FINAL REFLECTION: Why Blackwater Will Not Go Away

In April 2004, the world awakened to a horrible scene in Fallujah, Iraq.  Insurgents had ambushed a vehicle carrying civilian U. S. Government mercenary contractors and killed them.  They hung two burned corpses in downtown Fallujah, where they dangled for several days.  Commentators immediately compared the Fallujah footage to that of dead soldiers dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993.  However, the victims in Somalia were American soldiers.  The victims in Fallujah were American mercenaries employed by Blackwater Inc., renamed XE in 2007.

We are entering a new era of mercenary warriors.

FORT FRANCES, ONTARIO: Gene Stoltzfus 1940-2010 – PRESENTE!

Gene Stoltzfus

11 March 2010

FORT FRANCES, ONTARIO: Gene Stoltzfus 1940-2010 – PRESENTE!

Wednesday, 10 March, Christian Peacemaker Team’s founding director Gene Stoltzfus died in Fort Frances, Ontario when his heart stopped while he was bicycling near his home on the first spring-like day of the year.  He is survived by his wife Dorothy Friesen and many peacemakers who stand on the broad shoulders of his 70 years of creative action.

Gene was at the heart of those who planted and nurtured the vision for teams of peacemakers partnering with local communities in conflict zones to build justice and lasting peace which has grown into CPT.  Gene played key roles in CPT's founding gathering of Christian activists, theologians and other Church leaders at Techny Towers outside Chicago, IL in 1986.

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Request for applications and expressions of interest from English/Spanish and Spanish/English translators

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is seeking several individuals who can translate written materials from English into Spanish and from Spanish into English.  Materials to be translated include notes from Support Team (staff) meetings that summarize CPT-wide developments; notes from Steering Committee (board) meetings; organizational policies as they are being drafted and final versions; communications of various sorts; background material on CPT's website; and short articles from teams in Iraq, Palestine, Colombia, Canada, and the U.S.  Some items require a quick turn-around time.  Some are confidential internal communications that must be treated with discretion; others are public.  Simultaneous verbal interpretation is also sometimes needed for gatherings and/or for phone calls.

Chicago/Toronto: Year End Moves CPT Office and Donors

In the new CPT Chicago office Sophia Hostettler and Dave Corcoran open envelopes of year-end giving with expectant gratitude.  Margaret Sumadh does likewise in Toronto.

 

Generally supporters are moved to donated about one third of CPT's annual income during the holiday season. 

DENVER, CO: Register now for Christian Peacemaker Congress 17-20 September 2009

Restoring Balance: Peace Through Right Relationships
17-20 September 2009
Register Now <http://cpt.org/participate/congressX/register>

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces delegations autumn 2009-2010


CPT is a faith-based group that seeks participants who are interested in human rights work, committed to nonviolence and to undoing racism, and willing to participate in team worship and reflection. Delegates should have plans to share about the trip upon return to their home communities and congregations.  Round-trip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city (except as indicated above), all on-ground travel, two to three meals a day, simple accommodations, and honorariums and delegation fees are covered.

CPT has limited funds available to assist applicants who could not otherwise participate. CPT is committed to undoing racism and will give preference for funding support to applicants from communities disadvantaged by racism.
For more information or to apply, contact CPT, PO Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680; phone 773-277-0253; fax 773-277-0291; e-mail delegations@cpt.org, or see CPT's website at: http://cpt.org/participate/delegation.

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Christian Peacemaker Congress X theme to be "Restoring Balance: Peace Through Right Relationships"


Christian Peacemaker Teams announces that its tenth Christian Peacemaker Congress will take place in Denver, Colorado on 17-29 September 2009, with the theme "Restoring Balance: Peace Through Right Relationships."  For more information, see http://www.cpt.org/participate/congressX

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Christian Peacemaker Teams projects at risk

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has always lived with the tenuous balance of having the work to do, the people to do it, and finding enough money to fund it.

Now, for the first time, the balance has tipped to the degree that we may need to suspend and scale back compelling peacemaking work because funds are low.

Last year the U.S. dollar was down, costs up, and donations from individuals and congregations dropped 9%. At the same time, circumstances have us needing to find new office space in Chicago.

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces delegation to Iraq, 18 April - 2 May, 2009

Christian Peacemaker Teams announces delegation to the Kurdish North of Iraq, 18 April - 2 May, 2009. (Applications must be received by March 2.) Delegates will meet with representatives of human rights groups, displaced persons, government officials, and others. They will gain perspective on the challenges facing people in northern Iraq and the impact there of violence in other areas of Iraq and along the border. They will participate in the work of CPT's longer-term project of building bridges and human rights reporting.