Sarah Thompson, executive director, Christian Peacemaker Teams

Sarah Thompson, executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will present a talk titled “Moving Towards Conflict: The Biblical Basis for Nonviolent Direct Action” at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26 in the Hoff Conference Rooms, Blum Student Union rooms 218-219 at Missouri Western State University. The final talk in the Peace and Conflict Studies Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

Christian Peacemaker Teams, or CPT, seeks to effect nonviolent social change by sending trained delegations to conflict situations in North America and around the world. As executive director of CPT, Thompson brings a wide variety of experiences in activism, volunteering and grassroots organization that has focused on such issues as racism, violence against women and military occupation.

Prior to her current position, Thompson served with Mennonite World Conference and Mennonite Central Committee, as well as Sabeel’s Palistinian Christian Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem.

For more information about Peace and Conflict Studies or the speaker series, contact Joanne Katz,, Dr. David Kratz Mathies, or Dr. Ed Taylor at

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