NSWAS wins the Peacemaker Award

December 4, 2002:  The Commission on Peace of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington held the Annual Peacemakers Award Dinner at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The village of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat Al-Salam, the "Oasis of Peace" was honored alongside the Arab Evangelical Episcopal School of Ramallah.

Previous recipients of the Peacemaker Award include CARE, the international relief and development organization working in 60 countries; former senator George J. Mitchell, past chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland; the Rev. Desmond Tutu, former archbishop of South Africa and Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund in Washington.

The Commission on Peace, founded in 1982, seeks to bring a Christian and Episcopal perspective to issues of peace, justice and reconciliation to the world in the third millennium. The Annual Peacemakers Award dinner helps support the the work of the Commission's committees: Middle East Peace, Environment, Africa, International Economics, and Refugees and Immigration. Members of the Commission are lay and clergy volunteers, actively engaged in peace, justice and reconciliation concerns.

Long time NSWAS supporter Ambassador Samuel Lewis, who is a member of the Honorary Council of the American Friends of NSWAS, and his wife Sallie, nominated NSWAS to receive this award. Professor Shibley Telhami, who holds the Anwar Sadat Chair of Peace at the University of Maryland, and who is a director of the board for the American Friends of NSWAS accepted the award on behalf of the community.


See article from Washington Post.