Episcopal Peace Fellowship and its Palestine Israel Network seek nominations for their John Nevin Sayre Award and newly established PIN Cotton Fite Award. EPF established the Sayre award in 1979 to honor founding EPF member Rev. John Nevin Sayre for his lifetime of service waging the Gospel of Peace. Sayre was an Episcopal priest, pacifist, missionary, teacher and author who gained notoriety when he challenged President Woodrow Wilson to address the devastating events of World War I. Because of Sayre’s efforts, Wilson agreed recognizing conscientious objection as a legal alternative to military service.
In 1979, two years after Sayre’s death, Episcopal Peace Fellowship honored his lifelong commitment to peace by establishing the John Nevin Sayre Award. The award is conferred every three years at General Convention for courageous witness in the cause of peace and justice to a recipient selected by the EPF National Executive Council. Through this award Episcopal Peace Fellowship publically recognizes Episcopalians who are actively living their baptismal promises of striving for peace and justice, and respecting the dignity of every human being. Like the person for which the award is named, recipients have dedicated their life’s work to courageously promoting a culture of peace and nonviolence in the face of cultural opposition. Past recipients include Rev. Naim Ateek, Madeline Trichel, Mary Miller, Louis Crew, Newland Smith, Patty and the late Rt. Rev. Ed Browning.
Next summer will be the first presentation of the PIN Cotton Fite Award. The Rev. Dr. Cotton Fite, who died August 15, 2017, was a founding member of EPF’s Palestine Israel Network, served as its initial convener and was deeply invested in the Palestinian cause. An Episcopal priest and clinical psychologist, Cotton was an outspoken advocate for justice and peace for Palestinians. The PIN Cotton Fite Award will be conferred every three years at General Convention to an Episcopalian passionately working for a just resolution in Palestine/Israel.
The 2018 John Nevin Sayre Award and PIN Cotton Fite Award will be presented at the EPF/PIN General Convention reception at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas on the evening of Friday, July 6th. The Rev. Bob Davidson, chair of EPF’s National Executive Council, looks forward to EPF’s reception each Convention. “It isn’t often that we are witnesses to peacemakers of such magnitude living in our midst. These awards remind us that working among us are living, breathing models of God’s call to follow the Prince of Peace,” said Rev. Davidson.
Nominations for both awards should be emailed to EPF Executive Director Rev. Allison Liles at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2017 and include ways in which the nominee has worked for peace and justice.
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship has championed peace, nonviolence and social justice issues since its founding on Armistice Day in 1939.
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