PPF honors David and Pyles for Serving in Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams
Each year the Peace Fellowship recognizes Presbyterians on the front lines of peacemaking with the Peaceseeker Award. Anita David and Beth Pyles served on the Christian Peacemaker Team in Baghdad, maintaining a nonviolent presence in the midst of spiraling violence and civil war. Their work ranged from documenting torture in the Abu Ghraib prison to training a Muslim Peace Team in nonviolence. During this time, four CPT members were kidnapped; Quaker Tom Fox was found murdered and the three others were released. David belongs to Chicago’s Lake View Presbyterian Church. Pyles is a Presbyterian pastor in W. Virginia. Briefly visits here with David and Pyles about the Iraq war, responsibility, guilt, nonviolence and the Presbyterian Church.
As we approach mid-summer, much of my time here on the border has been absorbed by the continuing immigration and border crisis here in the Arizona. One of my commitments as the Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship has been to fulfill my obligations as a Christian Peacemaker Teams reservist (www.cpt.org) by acting as CPT’s representative in the Arizona borderlands.
Defendants Participated in the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq on March 16
Washington, D.C., June 20, 2007 – The trial of fourteen of the 222 citizens arrested during the March 16 Christian Peace Witness for Iraq civil disobedience in front of the White House will begin Friday, June 22 in Superior Court. The civil disobedience was one of the largest single civil disobedience actions at the White House, and the Christian Peace Witness was the largest Christian peace demonstration since the beginning of the Iraq war four years ago.