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July 1st, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers July 1, 2015 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers July 1, 2015     Colombia

Give thanks that Colombian Christians at the International Ecumenical Gathering for Peace in Bogota had a chance to fellowship with Christians from other countries embroiled in lethal conflicts and share peacebuilding experiences.

 

  *Epixel for Sunday, June 28, 2015 
 Photo: Justapaz
So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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June 30th

NIGERIA: Women widowed by Boko Haram find healing in mutual support

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Among the most vulnerable of Boko Haram’s victims, are the Nigerian women who have lost not only lost their homes and possessions, but also their husbands, and have to find a way to care for themselves and their children alone.  In my three months among them, I have met a number of such women, but three I have come to know more personally. 

Naomi
One-year-old Hope crawls around on the floor of the reception area at the headquarters of EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria or the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) in Jos.  She has a quick smile and inquisitive face.  Every time she heads toward the door to the outside steps, Naomi, her mother, gets up and catches her just in time.

Naomi was working as a secretary at the former headquarters near Mubi, when Boko Haram attacked there on 29 October 2014.  She and her daughters, Blessing (18) and Hope (1) fled with throngs of others. Her husband, Bello Philip Mwada, and their three sons, Moses, Emmanuel, and Haruna, who left a little later, were shot and killed by Boko Haram fighters. She believes that her husband, a member of the Nigerian Police Force, was targeted because several times he found out that militant fighters were coming to a particular community, and he warned the residents to flee.

June 27th

COLOMBIA: “Cain, where is your brother?” International churches share peacebuilding experiences

 

International Ecumenical Gathering For Peace
Bogotá, April  8-11,  2015

Photo: Justapaz

There is no one recipe for building peace. Each country has suffered pain from war at levels that others cannot imagine. These are just some of the shared examples of wisdom that came out of the 8-11 April International Ecumenical Encounter for Peace in Colombia.   

The event drew seventy-plus women and men from around the world to discuss ways the church can build peace in the face of the ongoing war in Colombia. The group exchanged peacebuilding experiences from the regional, national and international levels. 

Representatives of Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Mennonite, Assemblies of God, Foursquare Church, Presbyterian, Methodist, United Church of Christ, Reformed and Colombian communities participated.  They discussed strategies to deal with lost loved ones, threats, and displacement from the ongoing conflict over land and power. 

June 26th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos, June 14-20, 2015

 

Pinwheels for Peace

 

Pictured here: The NGO Rebuilding Alliance led an activity for the children of Susiya—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)

“For Such A Time As This” Esther 4:14 –An open letter to Stephen Colbert

“For Such A Time As This” Esther 4:14 –An open letter to Stephen Colbert

On June 24, 2015, the children of the martyred Clementa C. Pinkney had to walk beneath the Confederate flag to where their father lay in state, in the South Carolina Capitol building.  That flag stood for their enslavement, their dehumanization. That flag was on Dylan Roof’s car when he drove to Mother Emanuel, planning to slaughter your brothers and sisters in Christ.  Black people—adults and children—all over the United States continue to be killed and brutalized with impunity by law enforcement.

Brother Stephen, you are possibly the most privileged white Christian South Carolinian on the planet.  We are not criticizing you for your position.  We know that you have often used your media platform to speak out for marginalized people.  Christians in South Carolina have told us of your generous gifts to public education there and we know you have made significant charitable contributions to other worthy causes.

We are asking you to do more.  Black Christians are asking White Christians to stop white people from killing them.  You could use your media platform to speak out against the police murder and brutalization of  communities of color.  Asking you, as we have this week, to use your privilege to take down the flag in Columbia is also a very small thing.  We know it is not without risk.  CBS executives may not like it.  You have an extremely slim chance of ending up in jail.  You could receive threats from people who want the flag to stay up (which is why we have offered accompaniment.)

But unlike Queen Esther, you are not facing certain death at the hands of a capricious monarch (Esther 14:11.)  And you have not lived out the violence that  Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson, Susan Jackson and millions of your black fellow Christians have under the Confederate Flag.

So make a statement, Brother Stephen.  Call on White people, whether they are wearing uniforms or flags, to stop killing and brutalizing black people.  There are Christians in South Carolina waiting to meet us.  Let’s take down that flag.

Today’s Open Letter is the last posting of the Colbert Campaign.  We are asking our constituency  to

  • go to https://www.facebook.com/colbertlateshow?fref=ts and in the comments section post the link to this open letter and tell Colbert that now is his Esther 4:14 moment. Today he can start creating a less violent future for all the black and brown children in the United States.
  • For those of you with Twitter accounts:  You can send messages to @StephenAtHome.  We have no way of gauging how many are getting through or who is reading them.  Doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying.  Good hashtags are #BlackLivesMatter and #TakeDownTheFlag. But the MOST IMPORTANT hashtag is #LSSC ( which stands for LateShowStephenColbert). Use pictures, if possible. Again, remind him that God may have put him in his position for just such a time as this, and that black and brown children deserve not to live in fear of white violence.  Use pictures. 
  • Check out: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LSSC&src=typd.   Favorite the #LSSC tweets of other Brothers and Sisters who are encouraging Colbert to travel to Columbia with CPT and Suey Park. Doing so will give these tweets more prominence.

 To donate to the cost of the CPTers’ travel to Columbia, SC, click here. IF WHITE PEOPLE RUN SCREAMING THROUGH THE STREETS OF COLUMBIA, SC EXORCISING THE CITY OF ALL SYMBOLS OF WHITE SUPREMACY BEFORE STEPHEN COLBERT, SUEY PARK AND CPT GET THERE, the money will go toward CPTers’ travel to project locations in Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Northern Ontario, and Palestine. 

June 25th

Flaming arrow, reciprocating metal saw—Send Brother Stephen suggestions for best way to take down Confederate flag

Flaming arrow, reciprocating metal saw—Send Brother Stephen suggestions for best way to take down Confederate flag

As Brother Stephen Colbert prayerfully considers whether God is calling him to remove the Confederate flag from the Columbia, SC Capitol grounds, we are asking our constituency to send him ideas for the best ways to eliminate this symbol of white supremacy from the seat of the state government.

For example, he could ask his friend Smaug to come along and blast it out of the sky (although, on second thought, it’s possible Smaug— “a most specially greedy, strong and wicked worm"  might have pro-Confederate sympathies.)

The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore has suggested bolt cutters.

We appreciate the “Likes” on our Facebook page, but we think it possible that Colbert does not read our Facebook page.  Therefore, to help make the CPT trip with Stephen Colbert a reality, we need you send suggestions (pictures with URL links are even better) for ways he can take down the flag.

Please go to the https://www.facebook.com/colbertlateshow?fref=ts and in the comments section under one of the postings suggest to Brother Stephen a likely tool he could use to take town the Confederate flag in Columbia.

For those of you with Twitter accounts:  You can send messages to @StephenAtHome.  We have no way of gauging how many are getting through or who is reading them.  Doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying.  Good hashtags are #BlackLivesMatter and #TakeDownTheFlag. But the MOST IMPORTANT hashtag is #LSSC ( which stands for LateShowStephenColbert). Use pictures, if possible. 

Check out: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LSSC&src=typd.   Favorite the #LSSC tweets of other Brothers and Sisters who are encouraging Colbert to travel to Columbia with CPT and Suey Park. Doing so will give these tweets more prominence.

To donate to the cost of the CPTers’ travel to Columbia, SC, click here. IF THE HOLY SPIRIT DESCENDS LIKE TONGUES OF FLAME AND WHITE PEOPLE IN COLUMBIA MOVE EN MASSE TO TEAR DOWN ALL SYMBOLS OF WHITE SUPREMACY IN THEIR CITY BEFORE COLBERT, CPT AND SUEY PARK GET THERE, money will go toward CPTers’ travel to project locations in Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Northern Ontario, and Palestine. 

 

#BlackLivesMatter

June 24th

Prayers for Peacemakers, June 24, 2015 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers, June 24, 2015    Palestine

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 rebuild.

PRAY BY PETITION: Sign the petition to save Susiya, if you have not done so already

  *Epixel for Sunday, June 28, 2015 
 
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
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readings.

Writer, activist Suey Park will join CPT/Colbert delegation to South Carolina for removal of Confederate flag

Writer, activist Suey Park will join CPT/Colbert delegation to SC for removal of Confederate flag

Suey Park, who called for the cancellation of the Colbert Report in 2014, has said she will travel with Stephen Colbert and Christian Peacemaker Teams to Columbia, South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State Capitol grounds.

“I'll gladly join this trip if I'm welcome to keep Stephen company,” she tweeted.

Park, who created the hashtag, #NotYourAsianSidekick, further commented, “I think this a something I would happily be a sidekick for.”

We ask our constituency to contact Brother Stephen, request that he welcome Sister Suey on the trip (as Christian Peacemaker Teams does with great enthusiasm) and consult her on her choice of snacks.

 

To donate to the cost of the CPTers’ travel to Columbia, SC, click here. IF SOME WHITE PERSON/MOVEMENT OF WHITE PEOPLE FEELS GOD CALLING THEM TO TAKE DOWN THE FLAG BEFORE COLBERT, PARK, AND CPT GET THERE, money will go toward CPTers’ travel to project locations in Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Northern Ontario, and Palestine.

 #BlackLivesMatter.  #BlackLivesMatter.  #BlackLivesMatter. #BlackLivesMatter. #BlackLivesMatter.  

 

June 23rd

Christian Peacemaker Teams will accompany Stephen Colbert to Columbia, SC

Christian Peacemaker Teams will accompany Stephen Colbert to Charleston

The terrorist attack on black Christians at prayer in Charleston’s Mother Emanuel Church has left many white Christians asking what they can do to support their black brothers and sisters. 

“Stop white people from killing us,” has been the overwhelming response.

Another response has been that they want the Confederate flag on the Columbia capitol grounds to come down.

 Accordingly, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is calling on Stephen Colbert as a native white Christian son of South Carolina—who marched in solidarity with his martyred brothers and sisters in Charleston on Sunday—to travel to Columbia, SC, and take down the flag in any way he sees fit. 

 CPTers have accompanied people working for social change in zones of lethal conflict spanning the globe: peasants resisting displacement from their land in Colombia; refugees forced from their homes by ISIS who are building relationships with people outside their ethnic groups; Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation and Indigenous communities fighting multinational exploitation of resources on their traditional lands.  They are more than willing to accompany Colbert to South Carolina to help him respond in a very small way to what black Christians are asking of white Christians.

CPT takes note of this tweet…

‏@StephenAtHome  Jun 17

The new Late Show will have so many surprises for you! For me, too. I tend to nod off during meetings. #LSSC

 and suggests that Colbert has a lot of free time between now and September 8, when his show debuts.

 As Christians it is our job to exhort and encourage our brothers and sisters in in the Body of Christ.  Brother Stephen may be reached

 

 For comment contact: Kryss Chupp at the Christian Peacemaker Teams Chicago Office +1-773-376-0550 or Kathleen Kern at kk@cpt.org

 #BlackLivesMatter

June 17th

Prayers for Peacemakers, June 17, 2015 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

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June 17, 2015
Prayers for Peacemakers, June 17, 2015      Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Pray for Canadian institutions to take seriously the ninety-four recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission regarding the atrocities committed against Indigenous people in the residential school system. Give thanks for the healing journey thus far, for the dedication of the survivors, and for the opportunities for genuine reconciliation created by their testimony. 

 *Epixel for Sunday, June 14, 2015
He does not forget the cry of the afflicted. Psalm 9:12b
 
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