November 26th, 2015


On that last day of ordinary time

Norman, Harmeet, Jim and Tom walk across a parking lot

in Baghdad and get into a van.

Years later, Jim can’t remember “those last, unremarkable motions.”


            The next morning (the first Sunday of Advent)

            The BBC called me at noon.

            The voice at the other end of the line was chasing rumors:

            We heard that four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams were kidnapped.

            What do you know?


                        What if Christians took the same risks for peace...

November 24th

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 25, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 25, 2015 

Please pray for all the children trying to receive an education in Hebron as they are entitled to do under the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

*Epixel for Sunday, November 29, 2015 

See also video of Israeli military raid on Palestinian elementary School in Hebron:

Palestinian schoolgirl overcome by Israeli military teargas fumes in Hebron

 Note:  This lectionary reading is from the First Sunday in Advent.  We offer these images, and these words without comment and with prayer.

The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: "The LORD is our righteousness."  Jeremiah 33: 14-16

 *epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

November 20th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 13-19 November 2015


Illegal Arrests 

Soldiers arrested two brothers, ages 10 and 11,  from their home, allegedly for stone-throwing. Under Israeli Military law, no child under the age of 12 can be arrested. Additionally, when taken behind the gate at Bab-il-Balediyya, the Israeli military did not allow their father to accompany them, further violating their rights and protections as children. The 11-year-old was released within a half hour. The ten-year-old was taken away in a military jeep.


November 18th

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 18, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 18, 2015
Pray for the families in the border regions of Iraqi Kurdistan who live in fear of cross-border bombing attacks by Turkey.

I lived through the death of my family (bombing of Zergaly)


November 17th

RAQI KURDISTAN: August-September 2015 Newsletter

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Iraqi Kurdistan

The three months, since our last newsletter, passed quickly for our team. The abundance of activities and engaging projects, delayed the time of our sharing with you - our support and partner community. We would like to invite you to join our first-two-month's recap of our work.

November 16th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 5-11 November 2015

Collective Punishment

Pictured here: A woman making her way towards Qitoun checkpoint covers her mouth to keep from breathing in the fumes of the tear gas Israeli Border Police fired in response to a collection of children throwing stones at the checkpoint they are forced to pass through every day. The relentless use of tear gas daily at school time in Hebron impacts everyone who lives in the area in which it is fired. 



November 14th

COLOMBIA: Justice delayed is justice denied


Pipio’s cows responded to him when he called them by name.

In Colombia the problem is not so much unjust laws, as it is the failure to apply existing laws and legislation in a timely manner. The communities Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Colombia accompanies are hugely affected by these failures, as is the entire country. In effect, such delays result in the continued impunity for perpetrators of crimes, thereby undermining the rule of law’s ability to prevent future crimes. Victims are not only denied justice and compensation; they are also at risk of becoming repeat victims of repeat offenders. The situation in which the campesinos of Las Pavas community, whom CPT has accompanied for five years, have been displaced from their land four times, due to government collusion with the palm oil company Aportes San Isidro, is emblematic. 

Pipio Dies Waiting for Justice

One campesino of Las Pavas who will never see justice is Rogelio Campos Gonzales, better known to his friends in the community as “Pipio.” Pipio was one of the very few members of the Las Pavas campesino community who remained on his land in the face of continual harassment by armed security personnel of palm oil company Aportes San Isidro (ASI). Most of his neighbours had given up and moved back to the nearby village of Buenos Aires. Pipio died on 13 April 2014 after suffering a heart attack. 

November 13th

CHICAGO: CPTers join protest calling for living wage, racial equality


Activists from Chicago and all across the United States held protests calling for a fair, fifteen-dollar national minimum wage on Tuesday, November 10.  

But for those at the protest, the low wages that keep many families in poverty is just one component of the structural racism within the United States.  

"This isn't just about money. This is about justice. This is about the black community. The brown community," said one of the protesters that asked not to be named. "This is about black lives, about police brutality, and about Rekia."  

Rekia Boyd was a twenty-year-old whom police officer Dante Servin shot and killed three years ago.  The protesters marched and demanded that Dante Servin face justice. 

Members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine team showed up in solidarity for the protest.   Currently in Hebron, dozens of people have died at the hand of the Israeli military in what Amnesty International has termed “extrajudicial executions.” Israeli leaders currently serving in the government speak of Palestinians and other non-Jews inegregiously racist terms, justifying violence against them. 

"We came out today because CPT understands that violence is rooted in oppression and that through our work we have to work on all forms of oppressions including an unfair wage that is rooted racism," said field worker Cody O'Rourke. "And it is through this coalition building that we have witnessed tangible changes being made across the movement that is calling for justice across Israel/Palestine."  

November 12th

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 12, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 12, 2015

Please pray for the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team, who are part of an accompaniment of Haudenosaunee hunters conducting a deer harvest in the Short Hills Provincial Park near St Catharines ON. In the past, hunt protesters have used blatant racism and intimidation, so the team and their local allies aim to offer a positive presence, demonstrate support for treaty rights, and be prepared to de-escalate tensions. 

 *Epixel for Sunday, November 15, 2015 
 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds Hebrews 10:24 
 *epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

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November 11th

CANADA: E-mail Prime Minister Trudeau; tell him to stop the bombing of Iraq.

On October 19, 2015 Canadians elected a Liberal majority government, led by Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister in the 1970s and early 1980s. Mr. Trudeau’s first public announcement (an election promise) was that he would immediately order an end to the bombing by six Canadian CF-18 warplanes of targets in Iraq and later Syria. About one year ago former Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the then Conservative government had decided to add Canada’s warplanes to the U.S. bombing mission in Iraq. A much belittled news headline said, “Trudeau accuses Harper government of ‘trying to whip out our CF-18s and show them how big they are’ in Iraq.”

But two weeks after this promise by the Prime Minister, the Canadian Forces are still ‘whipping out their CF-18s’ to get in as many killer bombing runs as possible. For the third day in a row since the new government swearing-in (November 4) Canadian bombers have been dropping their deadly load onto Iraqi human beings. There is nothing to prevent an immediate order for cessation of the bombings, which would harm nothing and no one. 

Please send a quick on-line message to Prime Minister Trudeau urging him to live up to a commitment he made on his first day as Prime Minister-designate when he called President Obama and said he would be ending the mission. He has no excuses not to issue an immediate order to ground the warplanes and begin the process of ending the bombing campaign.

Go to this weblink ( and send a quick email to Mr. Trudeau to STOP THE BOMBING.