Writing CPT's history

 Bluffton graduate writes down CPT's history

Kathleen KernFor five years, Christian Peacemaker Teams reservist Kathleen Kern '84 worked on a 600- plus-page history of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), the first official history of the organization's nonviolent work in various nations since its conception in 1984.

On Nov. 14, 2008, Kern was able to hold in her hands the product of years of research, interviews and stories, as copies of In Harm's Way: A History of Christian Peacemaker Teams (Cascade 2008) arrived on Bluffton's campus just in time for Kern to hold a book signing and facilitate a discussion on the work that CPT does. 

Covering the period from 1986-2006, In Harm's Way examines CPT's responses to invitations from grassroots organizers all over the world who have used nonviolent strategies to confront systemic oppression.

Kern, who has published three books and edited CPTnet for four years, says, "This book is a culmination of experiences, interviews, letters, CPTnet news releases and the work of fellow  PTers who read chapters for me, helping me to vet and then re-write as necessary."

Kern has been active in CPT since 1993 and has served on assignments in Haiti, Palestine, Chiapas, South Dakota, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. During her visit to campus, Kern participated in talk-back sessions with cast members of Bluffton's fall theatre production Whatever Kindles and audience members.