Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) arose from a call at Mennonite World Conference in 1984 for Christians to devote the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war. Initiated by Mennonites, Brethren and Quakers with broad ecumenical participation, CPT’s ministry of Biblically-based and spiritually-centered peacemaking emphasizes creative public witness, nonviolent direct action and protection of human rights. Mennonite Church USA is one of several officially-endorsing denominations and groups.
Joining hands with a network of denominational peace fellowships and Christian peace groups, the Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA has been a sponsoring organization of Christian Peace Witness. CPWI has organized national and regional events incorporating worship, prophetic direct action and public advocacy. Spencer Bradford, pastor of Durham Mennonite Church, serves on the CPW steering committee.
Historic Peace Church Initiatives
Mennonites, Friends (Quakers) and Church of the Brethren are sometimes referred to as “Historic Peace Churches” and share a long history of working together seeking Jesus’ way of peace and healing the ravages of war.