Getting in the Way: Stories from Christian Peacemaker Teams

Book, 2005, 160 pp
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Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) stop soldiers from firing on unarmed protesters in the West Bank, "occupy" a military base in Chiapas, Mexico, and oppose brutality against native fishers in Esgenoopetitj (New Brunswick, Canada). These are three of the stories recounted in this collection of first-person narratives written by members of CPT. The fear, joy and challenge faced by these committed Christians is reported vividly from trouble spots like Haiti, Iraq and Colombia, where the CPT work to reduce violence and conflict. Whether relating an account of incarceration in an Israeli prison, the death of a CPT member in Iraq, or coming face-to-face with angry loggers in the forests of Canada, the narratives in Getting in the Way are intimate, moving and deeply humanizing.

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"These harrowing accounts of nonviolent interposition read like first-century martyrologies. The courage of these Christian Peacemaker Teams is breathtaking, and will serve to challenge others to similar heroism." - Walter Wink

"Recounts thrilling stories about one of the most exciting and important recent developments in nonviolent peacemaking. Even tiny numbers of Christian Peacemaker Teams have demonstrated dramatic effectiveness. Think of the impact if the Christian church would train and deploy thousands of courageous peacemakers using the effective strategies of the brave pioneers described here." - Ron Sider

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