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DETROIT: Conversation as Action-CPT Goes to the Source

photo: Hayden Abene
CPT Detroit Delegation gathered at Source Booksellers for a presentation and conversation on food, faith, and sustainability.  Pictured (from left) delegate Cate Desjardins, delegation leader Sarah Thompson, delegate Ian Sawyer, and bookstore owner Janet Webster.

Plato described it as finding your way out of the cave; social activist Grace Lee Boggs spoke about the evolution of our thinking; Jesus said to know the truth is to become free. They, and so many others, observed that our minds are often limited by illusions. Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) takes great care to place ourselves in the path of individuals who can help us more clearly see the truth of what is happening in our world and the way we are attached to false narratives. Having given ourselves into the ongoing work of freeing our hearts and minds, we also seek to create conditions that bear public witness to the search for truth. None of us can leave the cave of internalized oppression on our own. We need people who have experienced the joy of this journey to invite, walk with us, hold us accountable, and celebrate with us.

Often times, actions that bear witness to truth in the context of entrenched oppression take the form of protest, transgression of unjustly drawn boundaries, or creative venues for speech. But for our Detroit Delegation action, CPTers went directly to the Source. Source Booksellers is a small independent bookstore specializing in the kinds of books that awaken consciousness and support people and communities seeking truth together. Storeowner Janet Webster Jones collaborated with delegation leader Sarah Thompson to host a conversation focused on food, faith and sustainability. Members of the delegation presented stories guided by the five principles outlined by Mennonite and writer Doris Janzen Longacre in Living More with Less (1980)—a practical guide for living in sustainable ways that are mindful of both the future of the planet and the plight of the poor:

NIGERIA: Tales of two women captured by Boko Haram

 

Church of the Brethren member Aishatu Joshua showed me a scar on her upper left arm where a Boko Haram fighter shot her during a November 2014 raid of her town, Ngoshe, near the Cameroon border. The bullet entered her arm in an angle, and went out again.

Boko Haram fighters had captured her along with another woman. She heard one say, “Should we kill them?” The other said, “Take them out of the village and do it.” While they were walking them out, they shot and killed the other woman.  Aishatu started to run away, but was shot in the arm. She fell down and lay still, so they thought she was dead and left her.

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 22, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, July 22, 2015

Give thanks that Medecins Sans Frontiers has begun providing bus transportation for arriving refugees on the island of Lesvos, so that they don't need to walk the 70 km distance from arrival points on the north coast to the registration centre in Mytiline.  Pray for CPT-Europe’s work with this summer on Lesvos among the people who have risked incredibly dangerous journeys to reach the island. More than 90 percent of the 77,000 people who have arrived on the Greek islands in the first six months of 2015 are fleeing countries experiencing war and conflict, principally Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

 *Epixel for Sunday, July 25, 2015 
Afghan refugees on the 70 km walk from the north coast of Lesvos towards Moria reception center.
You would confound the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge. Psalm 14:6
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine week in photos, 10-19 July 2015

 

Provocation 

Pictured here: Israeli soldiers patrolling provocatively at Bab i-Zawwyeh in H1, outside their assigned area in H2. 
(12/07/2015)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Twenty years of CPT Palestine in photos

This summer marks the twentieth year of Christian Peacemaker Team's presence in Palestine.  While that does not seem to be a reason to celebrate, we do feel we should mark the occasion.

1997: Direct Action

 Pictured here: A CPTer takes part in a rebuilding action at the Waheed Zalloum house, which is located between the settlements of Kiryat Arba and Harsina in Hebron.