CPT International

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE: CPT Aboriginal Justice Team to participate in the Wild Goose Festival this summer

This summer the CPT Aboriginal Justice team will participate in the inaugural Wild Goose Festival set in North Carolina’s Shakori Hills from 23-26 June 2011.  The gathering will bring together disparate voices in a conversation on the present and future state of Christian faith in North America and around the world.  The organizers have invited Christian Peacemaker Teams to contribute by sharing tales from its work and its dream of a world without violence.  

COLOMBIA: Colombians not alone in struggle for Land Rights--Indian Land Reform Movement calls for South-South Solidarity and Global Action in 2012

In early March 2011 representatives from around the globe, including Colombia team member Eloy Garcia, gathered in New Delhi, India for three days.  The event, convened by Ekta Parishad, was a planning session for forming a global alliance called "South-South Solidarity— Global Action 2012."  

Ekta Parishad (“Unity Forum” in Hindi), is a federation of 11,000 organizations and counts more than one million supporters in at least fifteen Indian states.  Ekta Parishad espouses the Gandhian principles of nonviolence and works at the grassroots level so that all Indians can live in dignity with access to land, forest, and water.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: CPTer Anne Montgomery and four other Plowshares activists sentenced for trying to enforce international laws against nuclear weapons

On 28 March 2011, five Disarm Now Plowshares activists who entered U.S. Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor (Washington, USA) in November 2009 to disarm symbolically the nuclear weapons stored there, received sentences ranging from to six to fifteen months confinement and one year supervised release.  Long-time CPTer Sr. Anne Montgomery, sentenced to two months in jail plus four months electronic home monitoring, said, “We join those…deprived by our wars and military budget of a human way of life.”

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Walk the walk—CPT seeks applicants for Peacemaker Corps

CPT Announces Summer 2011 Peacemaker Corps Training in Chicago, IL USA, 15 July through 15 August 2011.  Applicants must have participated in a CPT delegation or equivalent CPT experience before June 2011. 

Full-time, and part-time positions with stipends are available, especially for the Palestine project, to start as early as September 2011.  Please send your Peacemaker Corps application to the Chicago office by May 1, mailing address P.O. Box 6508; Chicago, IL USA 60680; or fax: +1-773-376-0549; or e-mail: personnel@cpt.org

CPT delegation and Peacemaker Corps Applications can be found online: http://www.cpt.org/participate/peacemaker

CPT delegation dates and locations can also be found online: http://www.cpt.org/participate/delegation/schedule

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Create Space for Peace released on the eve of the first anniversary of the passing of CPT's Founding Director

Create Space for Peace is fresh from the printing press and available directly from CPT.
Create Space for Peace: 40 Years of Peacemaking draws directly from Gene Stoltzfus’ experiences around the world and contains pictures and stories of direct peace actions, along with critical assessments of current political and military trends.  It also documents the challenges and ecstasies on the inner journey of a passionate and joyful peacemaker.  This collection of Gene's writings and poignant reflections by others whom his life impacted will inspire those who wish to travel further on the road to global peace.
Order your copy of Create Space directly from CPT (email to sophiac@cpt.org )  CPT suggests a donation of $15 before March 11, 2011, or $20 after that date.  There are a variety of book launch events, check the createspace web site for details!



CPT INTERNATIONAL: CPTnet and the CPT web site now more accessible in Spanish (Español adelante)

Spread the word!  CPTnet is completely available in Spanish.  RedECAP offers frequent updates, reports, reflections, prayer requests, and action alerts in Spanish from all of CPT's projects.  Contact sophiac[at]cpt[dot]org to start receiving redECAP releases or go to http://mailman.cpt.org/mailman/listinfo/redecap

GERMANY: First CPT-Europe Convergence to take place 25-27 March 2011.

March 25-27, 2011, the first Christian Peacemaker Teams’ “European Regional Convergence” will be hosted by the Berlin Mennonite congregation.  For two days, CPT Corps members and supporters from several European countries will pray together, exchange thoughts and views, and participate in a public witness.  CPT Corps members will arrive one day earlier to discuss issues of oppression, outreach opportunities, and strategies in an expanding CPT.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Call for Expressions of Interest and Nominations for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Full-Time Co-Director

CPT seeks applications for a co-director to work with Carol Rose, current co-director.  Position begins in July 2011.  Job description is flexible depending on the intersection of applicant’s skills with current co-director.  Applications from members of racially marginalized groups and from outside North America are warmly welcomed.  As with all Support Team members, compensation is a stipend based on need.  The initial appointment is for a period of three years.  

CPT INTERNATIONAL: CPT joins Iglesia Menonita Hispana in abstaining from Convention if held in Arizona

CPT staff members join the Iglesia Menonita Hispana (IMH) in urging the Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA) not to hold its 2013 convention in Phoenix, Arizona.  CPT will not have an organizational presence in Phoenix if the denominational convention is held there.  

“I am disappointed that MCUSA’s leaders are still leaning toward a Phoenix convention despite concerns about Arizona’s recently enacted law that creates such wide space for imposing racist discrimination.  Right now we have a priceless opportunity for U.S. Mennonites to stand with those on the margins, to stand for justice,” says CPT Co-Director Carol Rose.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: What would the world look like if CPT succeeded beyond our wildest dreams? (No prose allowed)

Over the last few months, CPTers have been thinking together about the story of our work as part of Mission and Presentation Re-visioning Process (MAPR).  We'd like to invite you to join us in that pondering this advent season.  We recognize that CPT's way of working has developed and matured over the last twenty-five years and in thinking about revising our mission, we realized that we need to first be able to describe the kind of world that we and are our partners are working to create.  We need a vision statement and we need your help to write one.