BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS TO TRANSFORM VIOLENCE AND OPPRESSION
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The CPT Peacemaker Congress ( a special virtual event in honor of our 35th Anniversary) will be a half-day of programming for you to partake in. You'll be hearing from our keynote speaker, Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama, meeting our teams, attending Nonviolence and Undoing Oppressions workshops, listening to some musical entertainment, and having the opportunity to bid at a fabulous virtual silent auction!
Silent Auction :
CPT Teams are offering virtual opportunities for you to engage in our programs, lives, cultures, and the work you've helped sustain over the years. Take a private guided tour of the Grand Bazaar in Sulaimani, Iraq or explore the underground hip-hop graffiti scene in Amman Jordan, all from the comfort of your own home. Want to try your hand at cooking the traditional Palestinian dish, Maqluba? Let the Palestine team show you how! Do you have questions about the context in Colombia or the history of migration in Greece? Have a one-on-one conversation with a team! You can also enjoy a half day online retreat with your community, facilitated by spiritual director and CPT Care Coordinator, Melissa Berkey-Gerard. The CPT virtual auction is a great way to support the future of CPT peacemaking while engaging in unique experiences.
Don’t miss out! Show your support for a future of nonviolent peacemaking by donating through CPT's virtual silent auction today! Bidding closes on Sunday, September 26th at 8pm (CT). Click here to review auction items and make your bid!
Peacemaker Congress: SEP 25 2021
PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA
Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. He is the author of four books of poetry and prose: Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, In the Shelter, Sorry for your Troubles, and Readings from the Books of Exile. He presents the podcast Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios, where he also has responsibilities in bringing art and theology into public and civic life. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. He is based in Ireland.
While violence and oppression continue to plague our communities, people are taking to the streets to demand justice. Protest and nonviolent direct action are key to bring about social change. Yet as we prepare to hit the streets, we know we will come face to face with opposition, therefore learning skills in de-escalation is pivotal for us to reach our goals and keep our communities safe. This interactive workshop will hone and build our skillset to de-escalate counter-protesters and armed authorities.
UNDOING OPPRESSIONS WORKSHOP
Undoing Oppressions is a constant and crucial part of our work at CPT and something that we are deeply committed to. Our work is founded on the belief that oppression leads to violence, and that challenging oppressive systems is necessary to achieve peace. This workshop will be an opportunity for us to learn together and develop the tools and awareness to do the work of Undoing Oppressions in our everyday lives.
TEAMS MEET & GREET
You’ll have the opportunity to meet folks from our Palestine, Lesvos, Greece, Iraqi Kurdistan and Colombia teams, as well as members of the Turtle Island Solidarity Network. They will share about and what’s happening on the ground, as well as ways in which you can take action and get involved with our work. There will also be a space for any questions you might have.
Event sponsors include : InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia
Christian Peacemaker Teams
PO Box 6508
Chicago, IL 60680