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
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
from Washington Post.