Sarah Thompson is the Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams. A 33-year-old native of Elkhart, Indiana (traditionally Potawatomi land), she now lives in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated with an Masters of Divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 2011 and summa cum laude from Spelman College in 2006 with majors in Comparative Women's Studies and International Studies, and a minor in Spanish. While at Spelman she co-founded the Atlanta University Center Peace Coalition, an anti-war group with strong ecological and feminist critiques of US military involvements. She was also Student Government Association President.
After graduating she was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina focusing on civil society edification. As part of the international peace movement as a public-speaker and community organizer, she is adept at bringing people together across lines of difference and building momentum for positive social change.
As an interspiritual theologian, she feels called to the discipleship practice of building partnerships that transform violence and oppression. Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an international accompaniment organization that does strategic nonviolent intervention in areas of lethal conflict. CPT does not evangelize; they send small teams of people to physically work for justice at the invitation of grassroots leaders and community organizations who are nonviolently resisting the lethal and structural oppression that they face. Currently, CPT has teams on the ground in Iraqi Kurdistan, Colombia, Palestine, and alongside First Nations communities in Canada. Structural violence (racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc.) play a huge role in perpetuating lethal violence, so CPT is committed to addressing oppression in all forms inside the organization as well.