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Women of Faith Awards Recipients Announced

Date 19 Apr 2000 13:06:01

In note #5861 to PRESBYNEWS, PCUSA NEWS wrote:


	Women of Faith Awards Recipients Announced

	Winners honored for justice work

	by Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Three women -- from St. Louis, Detroit and Corona del
Mar, Calif.-- have been selected as recipients of the 2000 Women of Faith

	Beverly Armstrong, Artheillia Thomson and Jeri Rodewald will receive their
awards at the annual Women of Faith Breakfast June 25 during the upcoming
212th General Assembly in Long Beach, Calif.

	They were selected from among 81 nominees by a Women's Ministries Program
Area Selection Committee of representatives from four Presbyterian Church
(U.S.A.) entities as best exemplifying this year's Women of Faith Awards
theme: "On Behalf of Women: Living Jubilee Justice."  They were chosen for
their efforts to combat oppression and injustice, particularly in the areas
of economic, environmental, restorative and global justice.

	Beverly Armstrong of St. Louis was cited by her nominators for work as
Hunger Action Enabler for the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy. For more than
a decade she has worked to alleviate hunger and the root causes of poverty
by networking with ecumenical and public agencies, and through a leadership
role in the St. Louis Area Food banks and the United Way FEMA Allocations
Board for the city of St. Louis neighboring counties. She is also a member
of the grass-roots advocacy organization ROWEL (Reform Organization for

	Jerri Rodewald of Corona del Mar, Calif., helped to establish and develop
The Mary Magdalene Project, Inc., which seeks to free women from
prostitution in southern California.  For 20 years, as chairperson,
president and executive director, she has reached out to street women caught
in prostitution. "More than 150 women have had the benefit of its healing
ministry and transformation of lives," says a coworker who submitted Jerri's
name for consideration.

	A Detroit Police reserve officer since 1988, Artheillia Thompson serves as
Hunger Action Coordinator for the Presbytery of Detroit; director of
community ministry for  Westminster Presbyterian Church; and a certification
officer for Focus Hope Seniors Food and Prescription Program in Detroit. 
She is also active on the Hunger Action Coalition of Southeastern Michigan;
Bread for the World Institute of Michigan; and the Congregational Hunger
Ministries Panel of the PC(USA), among others.

	The Women of Faith Awards originated in 1986.

(Information for this story furnished by the Rev. Judith Wrought, Women of
Faith Awards Selection Commitee.)

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