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Kathy Lancaster receives Witherspoon award

Date 20 Jun 2002 09:15:39 -0400

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Kathy Lancaster receives Witherspoon award

by Bill Lancaster

COLUMBUS, OH - The Witherspoon Society has presented its Andrew Murray Award to the Rev. Kathy Lancaster, who devoted her career to the church's ministry of social justice.

Lancaster was associate for criminal justice in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for 23 years and was editor of Church & Society magazine for 14 years before retiring in December 2001. 

Jane Hanna of Santa Fe, NM, the president of the Witherspoon Society, presented the award during the society's annual award dinner on June 18, held in conjunction with the 214th General Assembly.

"I'm, well, blown away by the honor," Lancaster said during the gathering.

Lancaster cited a verse from the book of James, "Be doers of the word and not merely hearers" (1:22a), and advice attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary." She commended all the people she has met through the years who have lived out those imperatives.

"Preaching the Gospel in these ways reminds us of the power of people in ministry," she said, adding: "The church goes on, even, or perhaps especially, in these parlous times. The world goes on, even, or perhaps especially, in these parlous times."

Pointing out that offerings in social-justice areas are increasing, she told her listeners, "Even in giving, we can find hope for justice issues."

In other business, the Society presented its Volunteer of the Year Award to Harold Barton, its treasurer. 
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