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Race, Church and Change Award

Recognizing leaders of racial justice and reconciliation

The Race, Church and Change Award recognizes leaders and communities who have significantly impacted society through ministries of racial justice and reconciliation. Luther Seminary annually presents the award to individuals who have heroically served in their community with the hope that such recognition will inspire others to similar ministry to improve the world around them.

See past recipients

Criteria for nomination

Who should be nominated for the Race, Church and Change Award? What are the criteria for selecting the honoree?

  • Someone who has carried out significant service of reconciliation among diverse people.

  • Someone who has demonstrated commitment to constructive change that heals the community in which they live and work.

  • Someone who is committed to ministry within the context of a congregation.

  • Someone who would be a good role model for seminary students.

Would you like to submit a nomination?

To nominate an individual or ministry, please visit our nominations page by November 1, 2015:

Submit a nomination

Presentation

Race, Church and Change Award nominations will be accepted until Nov. 1. Decisions will be finalized in December. The Race, Church and Change Award Presentation was held Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Previous recipients of the award

2015

Iris De León-Hartshorn
Director of Transformative Peacemaking, Mennonite Church USA

2012

Carolyn Jewett and Steve Jerbi
All Peoples Gathering Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisc.

2011

Jane Buckley-Farlee
Trinity Lutheran Congregation, Minneapolis

2010

Carol Stumme
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

2009

Victoria Hamilton
African American Lutheran Association

2006

Kelly Chatman
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

2003

Roland E. Miller
Luther Seminary Professor Emeritus

2002

Nadine and James Addington
Minnesota Churches Anti-Racism Initiative

2001

Joris A. Watland
Executive Director, Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services

2000

Vivian Jenkins Nelsen
InterRace, Minneapolis

1999

Larry Peterson
South Dakota Synod, ELCA

1998

Elayne Lipp
Messiah Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

1997

J. Antonio Machado
Todos Los Santos Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

1996

James W. Battle, Sr.
Mount Olivet Baptist Church, St. Paul

1995

Roland K. Johnson
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

1994

Mary Henry
Avalon Carter Community Center, Los Angeles

1993

Cherian Puthiyottil
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

1992

Ralph A. Baumgartner
San Martin Lutheran Church, St. Paul

1990

Linda Ojeda
Division for Congregational Life, ELCA Minneapolis Synod

1989

    

Stan McKay
United Church of Canada

Dorothy Ricks
ELCA

Carlos Mariani
Minnesota Council of Churches

Buchyen Nguyen
Archdiocese of St. Paul

William Beyer
ELCA