CPT International

CHICAGO: Remembering Claire Evans

Claire_Evans_portrait-color[Note: CPTer Claire Evans died on the morning of 9 February  2012, five weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She spent her last days with her twin sister, Sue, in Lansing, Michigan.]

Claire Evans was not the most public personality in the wider CPT organization, but she was one of its most influential workers.  As the Delegations Coordinator, she was often the first person that people who were interested in exploring involvement with CPT met.  Her handling of finances brought her into contact with all of the full-time CPTers who submitted their expenses to her.  Her commitment to Undoing Oppressions within CPT changed not only how delegations were conducted, but also how support team and all the teams in the field functioned.  CPT Reservist Jerry Stein wrote of her,  “She epitomized for me, as I was entering the CPT world, what a member could be and become…”

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Link to Sylvia Morrison's Peacemaker Congress Presentation

The link to the 15 November 2011 Peacemaker Congress release about Sylvia Morrison's presentation did not come through in the e-mail.  You may access herpresentation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV8BEdhvLyI.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Sylvia Morrison on Honoring Story—Peacemaker Congress Video

[Note: Over the coming weeks CPTnet will be sharing videos of presentations at the "Re-imagining Partnerships for Peace: A 25th Anniversary Celebration."  Readers are encouraged to share these videos widely so that the ripples from our Peacemaker Congress may continue far beyond the gathering.]

Sylvia Morrison, Undoing Racism Coordinator for CPT, welcomed Congress participants during the opening worship on Thursday, 13 October 2011.  She spoke on the significance and power of stories, emphasizing how words can be used as a tool for social action.  “Stories have the power to transport us to places we do not know.  Stories have the power to introduce us to people we never met," she said.  "Stories can make us laugh; they can make us cry.  Stories cause us to feel all kinds of emotions.  Stories inform, stories educate and stories entertain.”

CHICAGO: Peacemaker Congress celebrates CPT’s 25 Years

“Re-Imagining Partnerships for Peacemaking - A 25th Anniversary Celebration” was the theme of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Peacemaker Congress XI, that took place October 13-16, 2011 in Evanston, Illinois.

Sylvia Morrison, CPT’s Undoing Racism Coordinator, gave the opening teaching Thursday evening on “Honoring Story”, urging CPTers to incorporate the neglected stories of oppressed people, while not hesitating to tell their own stories as well.  Elce Redmond, organizer of the Austin Peaceforce spoke about how his experience accompanying Palestinian children to school on a CPT delegation influenced him to organize a group of volunteers in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago to accompany the children there to school, because fights regularly break out among the students.

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.