When David Norwood arrived at Community Presbyterian
Church in Wapato, Washington, the
church was perhaps best known for “the locks on its doors,” but many of
those doors have now been opened.
by Christine Caton
"O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie….” Shattered windows,
glass and concrete debris everywhere, along with piles of garbage and
bombed-out cars. A statue of the Virgin Mary riddled with bullet holes.
The close sound of gunfire. Soldiers patrolling the streets. These are the
images I have of Bethlehem. This is life under occupation.
I recently returned from a month in the Occupied Territories of the West
Bank, living and working in the city of Hebron with the
Peacemaker Teams (CPT). CPT is a program of Brethren and Mennonite
congregations and Friends meetings from the United States and Canada
(although it is ecumenical in scope and staff). CPT arose out of a call in
1984 for Christians to devote the same discipline and self-sacrifice to
nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war.