Ched, a fifth generation Californian, lives in Oak View, in the Ojai Valley and the Ventura
River watershed. Over the past three decades he has worked with many peace and
justice organizations and movements, including the American Friends Service
Committee, the Pacific Concerns Resource Center and Pacific Life Community. With
Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries he focuses on building capacity for biblical literacy,
church renewal, and faith-based witness for justice.
Ched holds a Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkley (1978)
and a Masters in New Testament Studies from the Graduate Theological Union (1984).
He has served as adjunct faculty at Memphis Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological
Seminary, Claremont School of Theology and is the author of nearly a dozen books
including “Binding The Strongman: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus” (Orbis
Ched travels throughout North America and abroad giving seminars and retreats,
teaching, preaching, and facilitating gatherings. He works with Catholic, Protestant, and
Anabaptist parishes and denominational offices, as well as with ecumenical
organizations. He is particularly committed to faith-based peace and justice efforts such
as Christian Peacemaker Teams, Borderlinks, the Catholic Worker Movement, Witness
for Peace, and the Servant Leadership Schools.
ELAINE ENNS :: Educator, Author, Activist, Co-Founder of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries - bcm-net.org
Elaine has been working in the field of restorative justice and conflict transformation
since 1989 as a mediator, consultant, educator and trainer. She provides mediation and
consultation services for individuals, churches, schools, community organizations, criminal justice agencies and businesses, and travels throughout North
America teaching and conducting these trainings.
With a Bachelors degree from the Canadian Mennonite Bible College (Winnipeg, 1989)
and a Masters in Conflict Management and Peacemaking from the Mennonite Brethren
Biblical Seminary (Fresno, 1995). Elaine was trained and still collaborates with the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies at Fresno Pacific University. Elaine
often partners with her husband, Ched Myers, to teach on the Theology and Practices
of Restorative Justice, and most recently co-authored with him a two volume project
entitled Ambassadors of Reconciliation (Orbis Books, 2009). She has led numerous
seminars, retreats and conferences across the ecumenical spectrum. Born and raised
in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Elaine currently lives in Oak View, CA.
Tim Nafziger :: Activist, Blogger, Organizer, International Outreach Coordinator for CPT - cpt.org
Tim is passionate about gathering people with shared values to work together for change in our communities and our world. One such space is Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) where he has worked as Outreach Coordinator since 2008, supporting the growth of CPT in the US, Europe, the Philippines, Australia and Colombia. Another space is the blog Young Anabaptist Radicals, which he helped found in 2006. He has also been involved with organizing movements of young people in the Mennonite church in the US such as Spark Renewal, Becoming Undone and Cynicism and Hope.
Tim lives beside Lake Michigan in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife Charletta where they attend Living Water Community Church. He has written chapters in Widening the Circle:Experiments in Christian Discipleship, Fear or Freedom?: Why a Warring Church Must Change and 118 Days: Christian Peacemaker Teams Held Hostage in Iraq. His photographs have appeared in StillSpeaking and the Mennonite Weekly Review.
Sylvia Morrison :: Educator, Community Organizer and Undoing Racism Coordinator for CPT - cpt.org
Sylvia Morrison is an educator and community organizer who has done extensive work in the violence against women sector, serving as a counselor advocate for survivors of trauma, domestic violence and sexual assaults. She is an anti-oppression trainer and Professor at George Brown College. Sylvia engages in community development work locally in Canada, and internationally, supporting grassroots community initiatives in Cuba, Uganda, Benin, and Ghana.
Sylvia is the Undoing Racism Coordinator with Christian Peacemaker Teams. She leads Christian Peacemaker Teams through change processes in which the framework and operations of the organization are being reworked to reflect anti-oppressive values and best practices.
Sylvia lives in Brampton, Ontario and is the mother of two young adults Yoeshae and Joseph Morrison.
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