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NMD panel names award nominees

Date 13 Jun 2002 08:05:07 -0400

Note #7205 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:


NMD panel names award nominees

Education, justice among award categories  

by Evan Silverstein

COLUMBUS, OH - A former Navy chaplain, an architect and several academics are among the Presbyterians that the National Ministries Division Committee (NMDC) is recommending for awards and honors.

The National Ministries Division Steering Committee approved the nominationss during an April 23 conference call; the NMDC signed off on the selections during its meeting on Wednesday.

The list of names will be go before the General Assembly Council (GAC), which is meeting here in preparation for the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which starts on Saturday. 

The awards to be presented are the Higher Education Award and the Restorative Justice Award. 

The nominees:

Higher Education Award: Robert Bondurant, Presbyterian campus pastor at Marshall University, in Huntington, WV, since 1983; and Charles Spring, Presbyterian pastor at West Virginia University in Morgantown for 25 years.

Honors: Miriam Pride, president of Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL and past chair in Spokane, WA;  and treasurer of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities; Doris Liebert, a professor at Whitworth College;Robert D. Swanson, a Navy chaplain during World War II and a former president of Alma College in Alma, MI; and Billy Wireman, former president of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, Eckert College in St. Petersburg, FL, and Queens College in Charlotte, NC. 

Women of Faith Award: Nancy Goshow, managing partner and co-owner of Goshow Architects, one of the largest woman-owned architectural firms in New York City; Susan Mozena, senior vice president of operations and chief operating officer of Presbyterian Villages of Michican, which serves about 2,000 retirees; and Norma Ross, president and CEO of Ross Dealerships of Ohio,which sells Buick, GMC and Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Partners in Mission Award: The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a coalition of more than 40 national organizations from 18 faith traditions that seeks to ensure reproductive choice by upholding women as responsible, moral decision-makers; and the Presbytery of Western Reserve (and its predecessors), which has a long history of public-policy and social-justice accomplishments, ranging from its pre-Civil War campaigns against slavery to its current campaign to eliminate weapons of mass destruction.

The Presbytery of Western Reserve (and its previous presbyteries) has a long history of public policy and social justice accomplishments, from its pre-civil war stance against slavery and involvement in the abolitionist movement to its continuing involvement in criminal justice and the fight against weapons of mass destruction.

Restorative Justice Award: The Rev. Marla Cates, a member of New Hope Presbytery who is active in prison ministries.
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