MPT has published many informative newsletters, stories and articles over the years.... Below are some of our best.
MPT SUMMER 2008 NEWSLETTER
THEME – Peace Teams in the Field
Sometimes dancing, sometimes crying the work of peace unfolds …
THEME – Nonviolent Intervention
This newsletter lifts up nonviolent intervention. Michigan Peace Team and other nonviolent groups around the planet take this vision and other leading edge ideas to places of serious conflict and war. Our team members are well trained, disciplined, committed and filled with nonviolent love. The goals are to reduce violence and bring hope. We build relationships, make new friends, and the movement continues to grow.
THEME -- Creating the New in the Shell of the Old
This is a time of hope-filled possibilities. Let’s free our imaginations, build creative coalitions, and create the NEW! In this spirit, our newsletter begins by announcing an inspiring event. Then it unfolds the theme in successive articles.
THEME -- Peace Teams and Empowerment
This newsletter focuses on peace teams and nonviolent intervention. May we grow in the belief that nonviolence is power; may we urge one another to exercise this power. MPT encourages everyone to participate in MPT nonviolence training, and join in our peacemaking mission. May we become the nonviolent change we all desire!
THEME – The Tools of Peace Teams
When invited by local communities, MPT Peace Teams bring the tools of Third Party Nonviolent Intervention (TPNI) to situations of armed conflict and to situations of potential violence. The immediate TPNI goal is reduce violence and keep people out of harm’s way. Another is to create the safe space that local or societal nonviolent social change movements need for creative problem solving, and for taking nonviolent action in the direction of their hopes and dreams.
THEME -- Art and Activism
In this issue, we invite friends of MPT to imagine what is possible when art is partnered with activism. It is no secret that a poem, a painting, a story, a song can move hearts and minds in profound ways. In tense situations, the playful possibilities of art often afford people the opportunity to seek creative rather than violent responses to unjust situations. It can also disorient and disarm those who perpetuate injustice.
THEME -- Peace Team Work
In this newsletter we share both challenges and positive experiences in peace team work. When we work together using simple nonviolent tools, we are finding that nonviolence works even in the most violent places on Earth.
THEME -- My Greatest Peace Teacher
Here our newsletter invites MPT writers to respond to the question, who or what informs you, inspires you, and encourages you to work for peace?
THEME -- Peacemaking on the Road
In this special, online summer issue, Michigan Peace Team meets peacemakers as they take to the road…Michigan Peace Team hopes that you enjoy this online issue and that you will consider contribute your own stories of Peacemaking on the Road.
THEME -- Children and Peace
Our families, extended families, neighborhoods, and the wider community, give us the blessing of children in our lives, and as members of the human family we are related to every child on Earth. We love our children and want the very best for them. In this newsletter we explore together one of the greatest gifts we can give our children – to raise them in a culture of peace.
THEME -- Staying Centered Before Moving to the Edges
Here is a wonderful Michigan Peace Team newsletter. It focuses on the theme of STAYING GROUNDED, and offers a great opportunity to be deeply connected with the writers AND with people around the planet who ...
• Find peace of mind, and open themselves to new consciousness and creativity;
• Practice grounding before moving to the work of nonviolence and peace with justice;
• Strive to stay remarkably centered, focused, hope-filled, AND peacefully persistent in the midst of challenging and uncertain times.
The writers are Amy Gilmore Cairns, Paula Marie Deubel, Peter Dougherty, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Barbara Nolin, Nicole Rohrkemper, Kim Redigan, Leona Sullivan, Annette Thomas, Liz Walters, and Sheri Wander. Their writings shed light on the importance of grounding and suggest ways to stay grounded; their messages are hope-filled. We do hope you will be able to find time to enjoy this truly inspiring newsletter.
THEME – The Power of Nonviolence
In this newsletter we lift up the power of nonviolence and celebrate the growing number of nonviolent movements around the planet that are seeking social change. At the same time we acknowledge that Earth Community is facing some of the most serious economic, social, and political problems imaginable. As people increasingly experience their lives being stressed by violence, unemployment, eviction, debt, and malnutrition, our responsibility to help them understand the power of nonviolence and the possibilities of nonviolent action becomes ever more important.
Writers include Emily Barone, Kellie Brandt, John Dear, Paula Marie Deubel, Peter Dougherty, Peter Kalleward, Tom Lumpkin, Jasiu Milanowski, Barbara Nolin, Kim Redigan, Julie Slowik, Annette Thomas, and Liz Walters
THEME – Nonviolence at Work
This newsletter’s theme is Nonviolence at Work. It features three recent MPT Domestic Peace Teams working at the 2011 American Catholic Conference, 2011 Michigan Pride, and 2011 Dearborn Arab Festival. This newsletter also features the Y-12 Nonviolent Resisters and Jackie Hudson, OP. One of the articles on the Y-12 Resisters explores the negative impact of the privatized prison industry.
The authors in this edition are Sheri Wander, Peter Dougherty, Abby Schlaff, Liz Walters and Sharon O’Hara Bruce.
MPT FALL 2011 NEWSLETTER
THEME - Peacemaking is a healing journey, with special focus on the power of nonviolent action to heal and transform.
The theme of this newsletter reflects MPT’s belief in the healing power of peacemaking and especially nonviolent action. Rarely has there been a time so in need of healing as the present time. At the societal level hatred, contempt and attachment to divisions are all social illnesses that lead to conflict and bloodshed. At the personal and interpersonal levels, countless people live in state of fear and insecurity; many also suffer from wounded memories. These illnesses also lead to conflicts. This newsletter explores the work of peace healing at the personal, interpersonal and societal levels. It's must read!
Authors in this edition are Annette Thomas, Liz Walters, Paula Marie Deubel, Barbara Nolin, Joseph Comperchio, Sheri Wander, and Ellen Barfield.
THEME - Active Nonviolence
This newsletter focuses on active nonviolence in the West Bank and Gaza. It also looks into some of the core issues facing Palestinians and Israelis in the quest for a just, lasting, and peaceful solution. It is a timely, informative, and accurate newsletter based on eyewitness accounts and on-the-ground reporting.
Special Note: While Michigan Peace Team’s work extends across the nation and in key hot spots around the planet, MPT continues to maintain a near permanent peace team presence in the West Bank and strong ties with peace loving people in Gaza.
Authors in this edition are Martha Larsen, Annette Thomas, Fred Elmore, Rich Forer, Jimmy Johnson, Kim Redigan, Egidia Beretta Arrigoni, Gretchen Smith, Nicole Rohrkemper, Jewish Voice for Peace
THEME - Women of Conscience, Women of Courage, Women Who Challenge: Another World Is Possible
In this newsletter readers meet some great women including the Michigan Peace Team 2012 Signature Event guest speakers and awardees. Featured are:
• women who embrace the power of nonviolence in social change work;
• women who work to abolish war and activate peace;
• women who communicate their love, hope, wisdom through teaching, preaching, organizing, meditating, and protesting;
• women who are mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends, and wonderful companions on the journey to peace on earth; and,
• women who touch the heart and inspire us to action.
THEME: Mexico and Michigan Peace Team
A light shines on Mexico where there is both hope AND suffering. The purpose of this newsletter is to celebrate the birthing of peace that is happening because of nonviolent grassroots efforts there AND to promote Michigan Peace Team’s new accompaniment campaign that advocates action in the United States in support of nonviolent grassroots efforts in Mexico. Over the years MPT sent fourteen peace teams and delegations to Mexico.
THEME: Doing the Good Work and Ways to Overcome Obstacles
Knowing that active nonviolence is always our MPT focus, how do we keep on doing the good work with informed action in community, and with commitment in the face of obstacles? And secondly: What are effective ways of overcoming our own, our community’s, our world’s sense of hopelessness, paralysis, atomization, apathy and cynicism?
Authors: Annette Thomas, Kristie Guerrero-Taylor, Albert F.J. Kreitz, Paula Marie, Kim Redigan, Sandra Schneiders IHM, Elizabeth Walters IHM, Lydia Wylie-Kellermann
THEME: MPT’s 20th Anniversary
The year 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of MPT. During these years the concept of peace team has grown enormously, both globally and locally. Our MPT community is part this world wide movement! Learning from past mistakes and making necessary adjustments, the MPT community has never diverted from the passion to create a world of nonviolence. This anniversary is an amazing opportunity to stand together in awe, gratitude, and renewed commitment! As we celebrate the work of the past 20 years, we renew and deepen our commitment for the years ahead and the work active nonviolence that is before us.
Authors: Annette Thomas, Peter Dougherty, IP and Sebastian Ziem, Pat Newiadomski, Sheri Wander, MPT Core and Staff
THEME: The year 2013 marks MPT’s 20th Anniversary. Celebrating the past with gratitude and looking to the future with hope, this newsletter focuses on best practices of peacemaking. Lifting up our MPT conviction that the process leads to peace, some writers include the tried and true practices of why we center, check-in, and do self-reflection and co-counseling, while others lift up elements of the MPT vision and mission as the best of practices. May you enjoy these 20th Anniversary reflections!
Authors: Sheri Wander, Samuel Weisbrod, Barbara Beesley, Mary L. Hanna, Annette Thomas, Elizabeth Walters, Yusif Barakat, and Judy Wenzel.
THEME: Gratitude! We are grateful for the support and involvement of MPT’s Financial and In-Kind supporters, Volunteers, Nonviolent Training Participants, Peace Team Members (both Past and Present), Readership, and Action Responders. As we thank you in this newsletter, we also suggest ways the spirit of gratitude is an energizing force in active nonviolence.
Authors: Peter Dougherty, Mary Ann Ford, Mary L. Hanna, Annette Thomas, Anne Wisda, Elizabeth Walters, Alice Baker, Roberta Richmond, and Martha Rabault.
THEME: Building a nonviolent world that bends toward justice. Included are virtual "snapshots" of our keynote speaker - Bishop Tom Gumbleton - and our awardees - Dr. Juan Cole & Ms. Sigrid Dale. MPT consciously chose the word "building" to emphasize our commitment to active nonviolence through engaged peacemaking. As we commemorate our twentieth anniversary, we celebrate two decades of not only yearning for peace but of picking up the tools of nonviolence and using them in our work to build a more just and peaceful world.
Authors: Kim Redigan, Peter Dougherty, Annette Thomas, and Karen Donahue.
THEME: The Price of Peacemaking
They arrive in the mail daily. Appeals - sometimes poignant, sometimes urgent, sometimes beautifully crafted -- asking for funds for this worthy cause or that. Sometimes the need is so compelling that the checkbook opens immediately; more often, the letters get placed in a towering stack of similar requests that will later be organized according to need. Because of the sheer volume, most requests, ultimately, are not filled. Prayers may go out to all of these groups, movements, and causes, but usually the prayers are not accompanied by a return envelope. So, what is it that would compel a person to this group and not others, or to invest in this project and not that one? What undergirds giving and why does it matter? Is there such a thing as a spirituality of giving that transcends donating out of guilt or self-interest?
Authors: Annette Thomas, Barbara Nolin, Elizabeth Walters, Kim Redigan, and Nancy Ayotte