CPT International

CHICAGO: Peacemaker Congress video live on-line

You can watch the Peacemaker Congress live on-line here: http://www.cpt.org/streaming which includes a broacast schedule.

Watch this morning's bible study by Shanta Premawardhana

CHICAGO – Peacemaker Congress XI: Bill Wylie-Kellerman among enticing line-up of workshop presenters

Bill Wylie-Kellerman, pastor, author and activist, returns to Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Peacemaker Congress to lead workshops on “Detroit Rising: Grassroots Alternatives to Corporate Empire” (Check out his Sojourners article on the subject) and “Speaking Truth to Power: People of Faith in Today’s Babylon.”
Wylie-Kellerman was a keynote speaker at CPT’s first ever Peacemaker Congress held in Chicago over New Year’s weekend 1993-94.
Other workshops at CPT’s 25th anniversary Congress this 13-16 October in Chicago include:

·         “Telling the Stories: Vignettes from CPT’s First Quarter Century” facilitated by Ched Myers and Elaine Enns, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries …

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Peacemaker Congress Housing Deadline Extended to September 28! Congress Schedule Available On-line.

Can you believe it?  CPT’s 25th anniversary Peacemaker Congress is less than three weeks away!  See the schedule here.

Join us as we re-imagine partnerships for peacemaking from the west side of Chicago to the mountain sides of Colombia.  Celebrate to the music of internationally acclaimed baritone Tony Brown in concert.  Don’t miss a stellar line-up of workshop presenters including Bill Wylie-Kellerman, Ched Myers, Dorothy Friesen and many more.  Stay tuned for a listing of workshops. 

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Neighborhood peacemaker in Chicago makes connection with international peacemaking

 What can a community organizer from the Austin neighborhood in Chicago learn from Palestinian and Iraqi peacemakers? In 2005 and 2006, Elce Redmond went on a delegation with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) to visit peacemakers in Iraq and Palestine.  Upon his return, Redmond began organizing the Austin Peaceforce, a multicultural, multiracial, group composed of parents and community volunteers, trained in nonviolent strategies and tactics, and deployed to conflicts or potentially violent areas of the community. Today, they have a regular presence in Austin area schools  to help reduce violence and develop relationships with students.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Merwyn De Mello appointed as CPT Co-Director

Christian Peacemaker Teams is pleased to announce the appointment of Merwyn De Mello to the position of CPT Co-Director, along with Carol Rose, starting in January 2012.  

De Mello brings a wide range of international and administrative experience to the position.  He grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and Mumbai, India.  In Japan, he worked as an immigrant rights advocate and community organizer to change policy for asylum seekers.  In Tanzania, he co-coordinated projects in thirteen refugee camps on Tanzania-Rwanda-Burundi borders and developed community education programs on advocacy and peacebuilding.  At the Institute of Peace, Leadership, and Governance in Mutare, Zimbabwe, he designed and taught courses in Transitional Justice and Trauma Healing, Peacebuilding, and provided coordination for peacebuilding strategy development in Harare, Zimbabwe.  More recently, in Mumbai, he coordinated programs for promoting honesty, transparency, and accountability in governance.  He currently works as the Recruitment Manager for Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: September 11, 2011 from CPT History

The Al Qaeda hijackings and subsequent carnage at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 happened at a particularly busy period in CPT history.  Support team members in the Chicago office had received another request for an emergency delegation to Vieques and were planning the 2001 Peacemaker Congress in Indiana.  The Chiapas team was in its final days, preparing to accompany the Abejas back to their home communities.  In Hebron, the team was living through increasingly bloody months of the Al-Aqsa Intifada.  Paramilitary killings were escalating in Barrancabermeja and its environs, and the Colombia team would soon experience its first episode of discovering bodies and body parts in the river.  The Esgenoôpetitj team was attending trials of EFN fishers that arose from conflicts in the 2000 fishing season and dealing with mounting harassment of the EFN by non-Native fishers.

 Claire Evans, working in the Chicago office at the time, voiced the feelings of many CPTers when she wrote about her reaction, “My first thought was how everything we do is so, so small compared to that big event.  How can what we do in CPT have any significance in the wake of that large catastrophe?” 

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Liturgy at the Twin Towers, 16 December 2001

16 December 2001

I Listening to God
 We open with a time of silence and listening to God (5 minutes or more).

II Lament for lives lost
 We call to mind the lives lost here.

[Gene Stoltzfus]
O Lord, we stand and gaze at these ruins still smoking,
the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre.
That day as any other, they came to this place
young men and women brimming with life
children of parents and parents of children
throwing their energy into their work.

The halls and boardrooms, the elevators,
were filled with their voices
their laughing, dreaming, debating, deciding.
They did not expect what came upon them
out of a clear blue September sky.

[Doug Pritchard]
(Jer. 4:19-20)
Oh, my anguish, my anguish!
I writhe in pain.
Oh, the agony of my heart!
My heart pounds within me,
I cannot keep silent.
For I have heard the sound of the trumpet;
I have heard the battle cry.
Disaster follows disaster;
the whole land lies in ruins.
In an instant my tents are destroyed,
my shelter in a moment.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Send applications to join the Christian Peacemaker Corps before 15 October 2011

Did you participate in a recent Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) delegation that whetted your appetite for embodied peace work, partnering with others working nonviolently for justice, and confronting the injustice that leads to war? Does CPT's style of peacemaking, confronting injustice, undoing oppressions work fit with yours? Is now the time to take the next step and join the Peacemaker Corps?

If so, please send your application to join the CPT Corps before 15 October 2011 for participation in CPT's Winter Peacemaker Training in Chicago, 4 January- 4 February 2012. Participants are encouraged to apply now so the interview process can begin immediately. Doing so will make it possible to notify those accepted for training in plenty of time to make travel arrangements, and buy that parka! You will find the application at http://www.cpt.org/participate/peacemaker/apply

We are committed to anti-oppression work both in and out of CPT, and we seek others also interested in this work. We are seeking applicants available for stipend-eligible service, as well as reservists. For answers to more specific questions, call 773-280-9798, or email the personnel coordinator, Adriana Cabrera-Velásquez, at personnel@cpt.org.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Doug Pritchard’s final words as Co-Director

Effective 1 September 2011 Doug Pritchard stepped down as CPT Co-Director.  Pritchard became involved with CPT when he attended a 1990 CPT consultation with the Innu people regarding low level NATO flights over their traditional lands and joined the CPT Southern Ontario support group for the Innu.  In 1995, he joined the CPT Steering Committee as a representative of the Mennonite Church and became CPT Canada Coordinator in 1997.  After CPT’s first director, Gene Stoltzfus, retired, Pritchard, along with Carol Rose, became a Co-director of CPT as well as assuming the position of CPT Iraq Project Support coordinator.