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Prayers for Peacemakers, September 14, 2016 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 14, 2016  Palestine

Pray for the children and teachers of Hebron’s Old City, who have begun their school year and must pass through checkpoints that the Israeli military expanded and fortified over the summer.  Any interactions they have with soldiers are now largely hidden from the view of monitoring organizations like Christian Peacemaker Teams.

MEDITERRANEAN: Remembering Aylan Kurdi (Interrupted) at Pikpa


The light was fading and the possibility of everyone heading down to the small harbor below Pikpa seemed to fade as well. Strong winds and high waves had been the order of the day and had not subsided into the evening. The organizers were considering whether the action planned for the beach might not be better held in the camp. The event was to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year old Syrian boy washed up on the shores of Bodrun, Turkey.   His image had shocked the world and brought home the tragedy of the refugee crisis in Europe and the Mideast.

As residents and volunteers milled around waiting for the balloons and votive candles, two men under the pavilion suddenly jumped up and ran behind the kitchen building. More men and then families began moving that way also. The younger men and women had been playing soccer on the concrete basketball court behind the fence and the ball had sailed over into the tennis courts owned by the adjacent private club. Now there was a confrontation between the club members, who refused to return the ball, and Pikpa.

COLOMBIA: In Colombia, the real work of peacebuilding begins now

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Edinson Garcia, president of the Community Action Committee of El Guayabo calls for the release of community member Alvaro Garcia at a demonstration in front of the court in Barrancabermeja on May 5, 2016. (CPT/Caldwell Manners) 

In Colombia, the real work of peacebuilding begins now

The peace agreement signed on August 24 in Colombia, which ends a 52-year-long conflict between the Colombian state and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, marks an end of a violent era in Colombia’s history. Many Colombians are celebrating, and the nation’s president has declared, in a New York Times editorial, that there is now no war in the Western Hemisphere.

This is very good news. Yet as poor, rural Colombians know, the reality is much more complex, and the work of building a just and enduring peace is only beginning.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Train with CPT--Join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps

9 September 2016
CPT INTERNATIONAL: Train with CPT--Join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps 

CPT trainees and trainers in Europe congratulate
 Efi Latsoudi for winning 2016 Nansen Refugee Award

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is currently accepting applications for its Peacemaker Corps.  Join us in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression!  

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have participated in, or plan to participate in, a short-term CPT Delegation or internship.  Qualified applicants may be invited to participate in CPT’s intensive, month-long training from 5 January – 5 February 2017 in Colombia, South America where membership in the Peacemaker Corps is discerned.  Trained Peacemaker Corps members are eligible to apply for open positions on CPT teams.  The primary language for the Colombia training will be Spanish with English interpretation.  

CPT builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression in situations of lethal conflict around the world.  We are committed to work and relationships that: 1) honor and reflect the presence of faith and spirituality, 2) strengthen grassroots initiatives, 3) transform structures of domination and oppression, and 4) embody creative nonviolence and liberating love. 

CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression.  We are committed to undoing oppressions within our own lives and in the policies and practices of our organization.  

CPT is a Christian-identified organization with multi-faith/spiritually diverse membership.  We seek individuals who are capable, responsible and rooted in faith/spirituality to work for peace as members of violence-reduction teams trained in the disciplines of nonviolence.  We are committed to building a Peacemaker Corps that reflects the rich diversity of the human family in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 7 October 2016; direct any questions and send complete application to personnel@cpt.org.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 30 August-5 September 2016

Palestinian Childhood 

 Pictured here: A Palestinian girl stands in front of the Israeli border police during the settler tour. Using a mobile camera, she documents their movements near her house.