CPT International

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.

CHICAGO/TORONTO: _In Harm’s Way: A History of Christian Peacemaker Teams_ now available

Christian Peacemaker Teams announces the publication of it its first official history, In Harm’s Way: A History of Christian Peacemaker Teams by CPTer Kathleen Kern (Cascade 2008).

Covering the period from 1986-2006, the book examines CPT’s responses to invitations from grassroots organizers all over the world who have used nonviolent strategies to confront systemic oppression.  According to the publisher, it “provides a glimpse into the mistakes and successes, the triumphs and tragedies, that teams have shared in with local co-workers in various nations.  It also continues to pose the question, ‘What would happen if CPT’s efforts were multiplied by millions of Christians with a radical commitment to Jesus’ nonviolent gospel?’”

CHICAGO/TORONTO: CPT recruiting Peacemaker Corps members in Colombia and Europe for trainings in 2009

Christian Peacemaker Teams is recruiting Peacemaker Corps applicants for trainings to take place in the United Kingdom and Colombia in 2009.  The UK training could include people from all over Europe.  The Colombia training could include Colombians who have participated in CPT delegations as well as other Colombian nationals who have spent time with the Barrancabermeja-based team on which both North American and Colombian CPTers have served since 2003.  For both trainings—the first that CPT will conduct outside North America—CPT needs ten applicants by January 2009.

FORT FRANCES, ON: Beyond the election

The day after the election may be a downer for people like me who found the adrenalin of this election season seductive.  Mornings will continue to dawn and the progression of late fall to winter will continue.  Eventually I will remember that a few things may be different, but a lot stays the same.  A nation that controls half the world's military might, a global economic crisis, an impending world food crisis, and serious environmental challenge are looming in front of every one of us.  Unless I have a longer view, I may fall into a very long depression because so little has changed. 

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Second production of CPT docudrama, Whatever Kindles, to be mounted

November 12-15, 2008 Bluffton University’s theatre department will perform Whatever Kindles, a fictional docudrama exploring the everyday experiences and struggles of members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT).  Written by playwright and CPT reservist Tricia Gates Brown, the docudrama takes its title from the words of St. Theresa of Avila, “Do whatever most kindles love in you.  It features seven fictional CPT workers and an ensemble of supporting characters that share their experiences in Canada, Columbia, Iraq and Israel/Palestine through direct address to the audience and short vignettes.  The play premiered at George Fox University in Oregon during the fall of 2007.  A free script is available at http://www.cpt.org/resources/books#7.

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Call for Expressions of Interest and Nominations for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Canada Administrative Coo

CPT has an immediate opening for a full-time person to oversee all administrative aspects of the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Canada. The Canada Administrative Coordinator also shares with the Canada Programme Coordinator the responsibility for all of CPT's work in Canada.

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces delegations, autumn 2008 through 2009.

See details for delegations to Algonquin territory in Canada, Colombia, the Kurdish North of Iraq, Palestine/Israel and the Philippines.