In Harm's Way: A History of Christian Peacemaker Teams
By: Kathleen Kern (author)Paperback
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In 1984 Evangelicals for Social Action founder Ron Sider posed the question: 'What would happen if we in the Christian church developed a new non-violent peacekeeping force ready to move into violent conflicts and stand peacefully between warring parties? ...Everyone assumes that for the sake of peace it is moral and just for soldiers to get killed by the hundreds of thousands, even millions. Do we not have as much courage and faith as soldiers?' Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has been trying to answer those questions since 1986. CPT has responded to invitations from grassroots organisers on five continents who are using non-violent strategies to confront systemic oppression. This book provides a glimpse into the mistakes and successes, the triumphs and tragedies, that teams have shared in with local co-workers in various nations. It also continues to pose the question: What would happen if CPT's efforts were multiplied by millions of Christians with a radical commitment to Jesusi non-violent gospel?
Kathleen Kern has worked Christian Peacemaker Teams since 1993, serving on assignments in Haiti; in Washington DC; in the West Bank city of Hebron; in Chiapas, Mexico; in South Dakota; in Colombia; and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kern's articles and essays have appeared in Tikkun magazine and in the Baltimore Sun. Her chapter describing the work of CPT, From Haiti to Hebron with a Brief Stop in Washington, D.C.: The CPT Experiment,A" appeared in From the Ground Up: Mennonite Contributions to International Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press, 2000).
Acknowledgments. Preface. Prologue. 1. Before the Corps. 2. Haiti. 3. Urban Projects: DC, Richmond, and Cleveland. 4. Hebron, West Bank 1995-2000. 5. 'Things Fall Apart' - The Al-Aqsa Intifada, 2000-2006. 6. Other West Bank Projects. 7. Chiapas: 'A Struggle of Peaceful Stings'. 8. 'All My Relations': CPT's Work with Indigenous Communities. 9. 'Getting Out of the Way' - CPTis Continuing Work with Indigenous Communities. 10. Colombia. 11. Iraq. 12. 'A Great Hand of Solidarity': The CPT Hostage Crisis. 13. Short, Intermittent, and Stillborn Projects. 14. Twenty Years and Counting. 15. Bibliography. 16. About the Author. 17. About CPT
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