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Saturday, October 28
6:30 p.m. Reception 
7:00 p.m. Presentation

Free will offering
Sponsored by the Cleveland Nonviolence Network and River’s Edge

Learn about the efficacy of nonviolence as it is implemented here and around the globe to confront systemic violence and oppression. Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will lead the presentation.

Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God's love.  We believe we can transform war and occupation, our own lives, and the wider Christian world through the nonviolent power of God's truth, partnership with local peacemakers, [and] bold action.  CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict.  These teams seek to follow God's Spirit as it works through local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression. CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression. We are committed to undoing oppressions, starting within our own lives and in the practices of our organization.” – Source:

Sarah Thompson is from the middle of Great Lakes watershed, and currently lives in Chicago. She is a 2006 summa cum laude graduate of Spelman College (majors in International Studies and Women's Studies, minor in Spanish). She received her Masters of Divinity in 2011 from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, focusing on liberation theologies and community organizing. Connecting with social movements across continents, she travels extensively to train people of faith and moral courage in nonviolent direct action preparation, and deepen our collective commitments to undo oppression and build the ecological beloved community.

Most recently she was the Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams--a group that sends teams of trained individuals to zones of conflict and war, at the invitation of grassroots communities who are creatively and nonviolently resisting violence. Currently working in northern Iraq, accompanying refugees in Greece, Palestine, Colombia, and alongside First Nations communities CPT invites members of the international community to observe what is happening through on-the-ground delegations, extensive peacemaker training, and offering jobs that embody daily solidarity. Next year Sarah will continue to learn and grow at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia.

October 28th, 2017 7:00 PM

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