Christian Peacemaker Teams is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021 with a year full of webinars and actions. The first webinar takes place on Thursday, Jan. 28. Titled “Looking Back, Acting Now, Planning Ahead,” the event will feature updates from each of CPT’s programs. The organization is also encouraging the public to take action by signing its Water is Life Pledge, which aims to raise awareness about water scarcity. “We’re really excited about this year,” Hannah Redekop, a CPT spokesperson, wrote to supporters in a recent e-newsletter. “Throughout this year, you will hear stories about why solidarity matters and about how the work of resistance is often ordinary. The road to justice is long. Usually, it’s never paved, but made bearable because of friendships, accompaniment and community.” Founded in 1986 as an initiative of Mennonite and Church of the Brethren congregations and Friends meetings in Canada and the United States, CPT’s mission is to build partnerships to transform violence and oppression. It has programs in Turtle Island (North America), the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Colombia, Greece, Iraqi Kurdistan and Palestine.
CPT trainers and trainees in Colombia in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/cpters)