CPT International

Chicago/Toronto: Year End Moves CPT Office and Donors

In the new CPT Chicago office Sophia Hostettler and Dave Corcoran open envelopes of year-end giving with expectant gratitude.  Margaret Sumadh does likewise in Toronto.


Generally supporters are moved to donated about one third of CPT's annual income during the holiday season. 

DENVER, CO: Register now for Christian Peacemaker Congress 17-20 September 2009

Restoring Balance: Peace Through Right Relationships
17-20 September 2009
Register Now <http://cpt.org/participate/congressX/register>

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces delegations autumn 2009-2010

CPT is a faith-based group that seeks participants who are interested in human rights work, committed to nonviolence and to undoing racism, and willing to participate in team worship and reflection. Delegates should have plans to share about the trip upon return to their home communities and congregations.  Round-trip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city (except as indicated above), all on-ground travel, two to three meals a day, simple accommodations, and honorariums and delegation fees are covered.

CPT has limited funds available to assist applicants who could not otherwise participate. CPT is committed to undoing racism and will give preference for funding support to applicants from communities disadvantaged by racism.
For more information or to apply, contact CPT, PO Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680; phone 773-277-0253; fax 773-277-0291; e-mail delegations@cpt.org, or see CPT's website at: http://cpt.org/participate/delegation.

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.