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December 9th

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 9, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 9, 2015

Give thanks that Canada is finally launching a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Pray for the inquiry to be fully equipped, empowered and lead by the families, and that it will bring Canada's legacy of colonial misogyny into the light.

*Epixel for Third Sunday in Advent, December 13, 2015

From a February 2014 March for Murdered and Missing Women and Girls.

 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflicts you: and I will save her who is lame,
and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land
 where they have been put to shame.

At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you:
for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth,
when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, says the Lord.  Zephaniah 3:19-20 KJV (adapted)


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

December 8th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 1-7 December 2015

 

Taken Away

At the Qitoun checkpoint, CPTers witnessed Israeli Border Police arresting a girl.  CPTers approached the scene too late to ask the girl her name and Israeli Border Police would not give information about the arrest. A subsequent report by a local activist identified her as Diana Ismail Rajabi and said the soldiers accused her of having a knife. As of this publication, she has not been released.
(1/12/2015)

December 5th

UNITED STATES: CPT Facebook post encouraging U.S. Muslims goes viral, receives pushback on connection of “whiteness” to violence

 


The San Bernardino massacre on 2 December 2015, carried out by Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook, exposed U.S. Muslims to another round of Islamophobic violence and vitriol on social media.  Christian Peacemaker Teams decided to take a proactive stance the next morning by publishing the following paragraphs on Facebook:  

Dear Muslim friends, family and colleagues in the U.S., 
Because of the still unfolding ‪#‎SanBernardino mass shooting, we know this week may be difficult for you. People may make connections between your faith and culture that they did not make when Robert Dear, Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer, Dylan Roof, Adam Lanza or many other white mass shooters gunned down innocent civilians.

We want you to know we will commit ourselves this week to challenging those who make racist, ignorant generalizations about Islam and violence. We commit ourselves to drawing connections between whiteness and violence. Because God has no place in this beautiful creation for the evils of racism.

We invite our Facebook followers to leave encouraging comments for our Muslim brothers and sisters. 

By Saturday morning, the post had reached more than 280,000 people, been liked by 3400 people and shared by 1900 people.

December 4th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY REFLECTION: Who is your king? Romans 13:1-7 and resisting the TPP

 

Photo courtesy CPT-Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Team. November 2015. CPTers Carrie Peters and Charles Wright were part of a CPT presence that accompanied 
and supported Haudenosaunee hunters who conducted a deer harvest in the land now known as Short Hills provincial park, in the face of protest and harassment. 
The team joined a local coalition to support the hunters and honor the treaties.

In November 2011, President Obama with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon began a publicity campaign describing how the United States would “pivot” towards Asia. With the pivot emerged a secretly negotiated trade pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”). 

Although called a “free trade” agreement, the TPP is not solely about trade. Of the 29 draft chapters, only five deal with garden variety trade issues. The TPP is actually a grave threat to the planet because it undermines climate change measures and authorizes de-regulation of mining, land use, and biotechnology.  Alarmingly, the TPP intellectual property chapter also provides international legal protections for corporate patents on plant and animal life, granting companies ownership and sole access to all of creation. 

While most of the U.S. coverage about the TPP analyzes overall implications for ‘every day working Americans,’ with a dash of environmental vignettes, another significant aspect needs to be addressed and highlighted: TPP’s detrimental impact on First Peoples and indigenous communities located within each nation state, its continuation of the European history of conquest and exploitation. 

December 3rd

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos, 23-29 November 2015

Escort

As some children throw stones and Israeli forces shoot teargas, children not involved in the clashes may fear being hit by one or the other. CPTers walk with those children so that they feel safer and can make it to school (hopefully) without incident. 
(23/11/2015)

December 2nd

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 2, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 2, 2015

Pray for the communities of Garzal and Nueva Esperanza.  They have petitioned the head of INCODER—the Colombian government agency in charge of rural land management—asking for representatives to visit the area to verify and resolve of the issues surrounding the granting of titles and ownership to land.   INCODER returned sixty-four stolen land titles in 2013, and promised to complete their land process the following year, but the communities continue to wait—and face pressures from powerful people who want their land, and who have corrupt local authorities on their side.

*Epixel for Second Sunday in Advent, December 6, 2015
Campesino from Garzal load plantains onto boat
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
    'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.


 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight,
    and the rough ways made smooth; 
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'" Luke 3:4-6
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

November 26th

CPT INTERNATIONAL POEM: Advent's Eve, 2005

 
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: https://www.facebook.com/hebronfm/videos/755559001239924/

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.

(17/11/2015)

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)