CPT Colombia

CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) Colombia is an International organization seeking to be allies for and partner with communities who are threatened with displacement and violence. We try to support their initiatives to promote justice and peace and their resistance to attempts by those who oppress them and seek to dispossess them of their land, culture and livelihoods.
CPT Colombia has written 98 posts for prayer. resistance. community.

Social Processes that Transform Reality

Comunidad Garzal and Nueva Esperanza In my great misery the Lord found me, reached down in the mud and rescued me. He has seated me with kings and has let me rest. He told me that he loved me and restored me, slowly gave me what the world could never give. It is true that … Continue reading

Damn Tree: a reflection about Colombian Oil Palm Trees

The cycle of life has been reversed. Trees defeat the earth. I do not like to say your name, Oil Palm. Scents of gunpowder and pictures of distressed mothers because of a damn tree. When I first heard your name and learned how your fruit could be squeezed and the juice used as a replacement … Continue reading

Las Pavas writes to President Santos

The Farmers Association of Buenos Aires (ASOCAB), yesterday, delivered a letter to President Juan Manuel Santos summarizing the continued attacks and threats received by the community of Las Pavas. They appealed to him on his commitment to victims, “Mr. President, you have shown your commitment to victims. By virtue of this commitment we come to … Continue reading

A Christmas Vigil in El Garzal

By Stewart Vriesinga It was a Christmas perhaps more akin to that first one in Bethlehem than the ones I am used to in Canada. No fancy lights—no electricity except for a diesel generator that gets used occasionally at night. No Christmas tree, nor gifts under it. No alcohol. No turkey. And, thankfully, without the … Continue reading

The Beauty of Sport

Most days here in Barrancabermeja, a small, sleepy oil town sizzling with tropical sunbeams and an internal conflict largely tied to the petroleum that pumps under her skin, are void of any social or cultural events or atmospheres exciting enough to warrant a stroll downtown.  But the first week of November proved otherwise. For some … Continue reading

El Guayabo Celebrates!

The small Colombian community of El Guayabo, supported by neighboring communities, resisted an eviction on Tuesday, November 19th, that Police Inspector Leonel Gutierrez Lagares ordered, which had it succeeded would have displaced the community’s teacher from land that has served as his livelihood for the past 25 years. The November 19th eviction order is the … Continue reading

Las Pavas Wins the National Peace Prize

Last night, members from the community of Las Pavas stood in the national spotlight at the National Museum in Bogotá where they won the the National Peace Prize. Holding the prize, community leader Misael Payeres, announced, “Our primary hope is in God—that one day we would see justice. We hope is that this prize will … Continue reading

On going home

The small farmers of Colombia have been on strike for the past six weeks.  This meant that thousands of families and hundreds of communities took to the streets of Colombia, blocking major arteries along national highways and demanding change.  The mobilization took place as a result of empty promises from the Santos government who have … Continue reading

A Delightful Day

At its most basic, peacemaking is about relationship-making among individuals and communities whether they are strangers, enemies, or friends. Peacemaking as relationship-making has its roots in the Hebrew and Christian Testaments. Perhaps even more significantly, peacemaking as relationship-making has been evidenced in my life in concrete, embodied experiences with women, children, and men in the … Continue reading

Bogotá March: August 29, 2013

August 29, saw thousands of students around the country joined a day of strikes and marched in numerous cities around the country including Bogotá and Medellin. This is a photo essay from a CPT Colombia team member. Follow the ongoing story at Storify.

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