Caldwell Manners works with Christian Peacemaker Teams
Caldwell Manners BA ’08 grew up in a missionary family, traveling and learning how to help others in need. “I’ve always lived and been around places and people who are helpful to others.” Now he is doing what he can for other people by serving with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Colombia.
Christian Peacemaker Teams is an organization that works to build relationships with people in countries experiencing conflict. Manners has also worked with the organization in Iraq.
Part of Manners’ role with the Christian Peacemaker Teams has been political and physical accompaniment. “We travel with people who are at risk, hoping that our presence alongside them would be something that could add another layer of security for them,” said Manners.
In Colombia, Manners’ group works with others whose lives have been threatened by international corporations or armed groups. He helps to create nonviolent strategies for these people so they can stay safe. His group also works with other organizations in the areas of farming, civil rights, and women’s groups. Each of these groups are committed to transforming the area in a positive way.
Dr. Stuart Erny, former director of international student services at Anderson University, was able to work with Manners during his time at AU. Erny first met Manners on a Tri-S trip to Nepal, where Manners was living. After that, Manners came to AU, and Erny was able to work with him and see him grow.
“Caldwell offers such a refreshing perspective to life, spirituality, and vocation,” said Erny. “I always appreciate the ways he brings a global perspective and challenges many of the assumptions that we make as Westerners. His mind and heart are continually with those on the margins who tend to be on the losing end of the systems established and maintained by Western power brokers.”
Hannah Redekop, one of Manners’ coworkers, met Manners in 2013.
“Caldwell has a genuine pastoral nature about him that allows him to really connect with the Colombian people and walk alongside them in their struggle for justice and freedom,” Redekop said. “When he sits with you, he gives all his time and attention to you.”
Tessa Williams is a junior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in public relations and minoring in nonprofit leadership. Williams is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of Anderson University Office of Communication and Marketing.
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