For Immediate Release
Quaker group announces Nobel nomination
100 year-old Nobel laureate honored to nominate group
PHILADELPHIA (May 2, 2017): The American Friends Service Committee, an organization that accepted the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Quakers worldwide, announced their nomination of Christian Peacemaker Teams for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
“Over its thirty-year history, Christian Peacemaker Teams has operated in close partnership with nonviolent movements around the world,” says AFSC’s nominating letter. “While cognizant of the dangers, their members risk injury and death to wage their nonviolent form of direct action to confront pernicious and destructive systems of violence and oppression.”
CPT work involves extensive training in nonviolence and sustained and robust work in conflict zones. They are able to create respected relationships on the ground with local people from many different cultural and religious backgrounds, even in stressful conflict and post-conflict environments. CPT has continued this work even in the face of tragic setbacks; in 2005 four of their members were taken hostage and one, Tom Fox, was killed before their rescue.
“Making peace is as costly as waging war,” said Ronald J. Sider in a speech that led to the formation of CPT. “Unless we are prepared to pay the cost of peacemaking, we have no right to claim the label or preach the message.”
CPT is currently active in areas where persistent violent conflict is prevalent. AFSC believes the ensuing high profile recognition from being awarded the Peace Prize would be a positive and inspirational example to many.
Rather than proselytizing, CPT is motivated by seeing Jesus as a leading peacemaker. “By their own vigorous example, those active with Christian Peacemaker Teams bring an authenticity and public witness to their religious identity as Christians that arguably is not much in evidence by many who claim such religious labels but who fail to follow through on the peacemaking implications of such beliefs and convictions,” the nominating letter reads.
Because Nobel laureates have the opportunity to nominate future Nobel Peace Prize winners, AFSC and Quaker Peace and Social Witness formed the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Group to consider and recommend nominees. The group takes suggestions from the public for candidates to consider at the website www.quakernobel.org. Both last year's nominee, Nonviolent Peaceforce, and this year's nominee were suggestions submitted via the website.
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.