Pictured here: The NGO Rebuilding Alliance led an activity for the children of Susiyaâ€”a village in the South Hebron Hills under imminent threat of demolition by Israeli authorities. The activity consisted of drawing the meaning of peace in a square piece of paper that was turned into a pinwheel, and pinned on a pencil. (23/06/2015)
Give thanks for the steadfast determination of
the people of Susiya, who have are facing the obliteration of their village at
the hands of Israel. Give thanks for
their Israeli and international supporters who recognize their right to remain
where their families have lived for generations, and who will help them
God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. For he created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion of Hades is not on earth. Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-14
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) began with these questions:
What if pacifist Christians trained as hard for peace as militaries (including militant Christians) trained for war? What if pacifist Christians (such as the Mennonites, Brethren, and Quakers) were willing to sacrifice as much for peace as a soldier is willing to sacrifice for war? What could happen?
Christian Peacemaker Teams is part of the answer to that question. Having begun in 1986, in the crucible of Latin American solidarity movements, CPT has continued to thrive within various social movements as a creative, faith-inspired organization committed to undoing oppressions and to strategic peacemaking interventions in situations of violent conflict. Joining with you allâ€”people who belong to social movements, have risked a lot, sacrificed much, and experimented with healthier ways of sharing this planetâ€”enlivens our work. It is one reason we hold a Peacemaker Congress every other yearâ€”this year it will take place in Detroitâ€”so that our workers in the field can engage with you, our supporters. and new people interested in movement building.
Pictured here: Last week was the end of the school year in Palestine. On the last morning of school, our Kindergarten friends sang for us. These children who are filled with joy, also brought us a lot of joy. (27/05/2015)