CPT International


 In 1963, Gene Stoltzfus went to Vietnam as a Conscientious Objector with IVS (International Voluntary Services.)  Six months later, when Gene unintentionally wandered into a Special Forces camp, he was welcomed as a fellow American.   He asked two men who had come in from patrol where they had been.  When they would not tell him, except to brag that they had made several kills, he found himself wondering, “If I speak some Vietnamese but can’t tell who are the VC (Vietcong), how can these men, who speak no Vietnamese, tell?”

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Call for Expressions of Interest in and Nominations for an interim CPTnet editor

Christian Peacemaker Teams invites expressions of interest in the one year, 1/4 time, temporary position as CPTnet editor starting summer 2012 when the current editor begins her sabbatical.  

Editing CPTnet
 -Following the releases that teams on project locations are writing for CPTnet.  (The editor is also encouraged to follow blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts of individual CPTers in the field as time allows.)
- Vetting, organizing and editing releases from teams in English (includes communication as needed with teams for clarification.)
 - Posting edited releases to CPTnet, CPT’s English language news service, which provides news updates, reports, reflections, prayer requests and action alerts to its readership.
- Communicating with translators and posting Spanish versions of releases to redECAP, CPT’s Spanish language news service. 
+If time allows, taking on other communication-related responsibilities.

Approximately ten hours a week, flexible location and work hours.  On-call for occasional quick editing and posting of breaking developments in the field.


CPT INTERNATIONAL: Send applications to join the Christian Peacemaker Corps before 1 May 2012


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, and 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 1 May 2012 for participation in CPT's July-August Peacemaker Training in Chicago 13 July- 13 August 2012.  Participants are encouraged to apply now. Doing so will make it possible to notify those accepted for training in plenty of time to make travel arrangements. You will find the application at 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 email Adriana Cabrera-Velásquez, personnel coordinator, at personnel@cpt.org.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Call for expressions of interest in and nominations for CPT Delegations and Administrative Coordinator

Christian Peacemaker Teams invites expressions of interest the full-time position of Delegations and Administrative Coordinator.  The person in this position will

Provide leadership support to CPT’s delegation program.  CPT delegations form essential advocacy links between communities experiencing violence with concerned individuals and groups, and offer participants first-hand experiences of CPT's on-the-ground faith-based, active peacemaking.  Includes working with CPT teams to schedule delegations, recruiting delegates and delegation leaders, facilitating pre-delegation orientation and post delegation debriefings, administering details such as booking flights and finances (50-60%).

Take part in CPT’s Chicago-based administrative coordination.  Exact roles will be determined by how the appointee’s gifts mesh with those of others working in CPT administration.  Likely to include some elements of welcoming people to the Chicago office, data base management and communications (30-35%).

Be a CPTer and a member of the CPT Support Team.  Support Team shares support for CPT’s structure from a variety of places across the continents.  Members of the Chicago- based part of that team work in close collaboration. Opportunities exist to dip into CPT project work (5-10%).

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Disruption in Listserve releases

Beginning Friday morning 24 February 2012  (Eastern time), CPTnet subscribers will experience for a few days a disruption in distribution of CPTnet
email releases while the mail server is upgraded.   CPTnet releases will still be posted and available on the website.

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.

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