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LEHIGH COUNTY CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES

Ecumenical Awards

 

Since 1981, the Lehigh County Conference of Churches has recognized individuals within this community who have made outstanding contributions to Christian Unity. The intention of the Award is not to glorify the individual, but to give witness to the important work of affirming and strengthening Christian unity.

 

The award is given to well-known and little-known individuals, to people deeply involved in the life of the Conference and to those who have offered their gifts elsewhere.

 

To nominate an individual or a group for 2013's award, please print out and mail in this nomination form (PDF) or WORD file by April 26, 2013.

 

 

Ecumenical Service Award Winner - Rev. Tom AlbrightThe ECUMENICAL SERVICE AWARD, which is presented each year at the annual meeting in the Spring. In 2012, the award was presented to Rev. Thomas Albright (at left with wife, Carolyn). Rev. Albright is lead pastor at Ripple, an emerging, Anabaptist, missional community church in Allentown, PA. Tom and his wife, Carolyn, moved to the city in 2009, leaving their home in the suburbs, to follow God’s call to urban ministry. Tom is an ordained pastor (Franconia Mennonite Conference) and a high school career and transition coordinator for special needs youth. Tom is a trained Spiritual Director and has interest in applying restorative practices in urban settings.

 

Ripple is a group of people who are “moving closer to Jesus as our center”-- Christ-centered and community focused. Ripple is a diverse group of people from varied racial, economic, spiritual, ecumenical and educational backgrounds, all seeking God’s transformation in our lives. It has a special ministry outreach to homeless and formerly homeless persons, seeking to empower them to share their talents and faith.  Life in the city is unpredictable, messy, intense, rewarding, life giving, holy and transformative.  Tom lives by faith that this is God’s work, and is excited by the Ripples that are happening around Lehigh Valley, as we walk the streets, eat together (we enjoy local ethnic restaurants), listen to one another, celebrate and mourn together.

 

Ripple seeks to develop leadership amongst people and to develop partnerships and support within and beyond the urban community. Ripple hosts a once a month food pantry, partners with other churches to provide regular community dinners and food distributions, hosts Bible study table discussions and worship gatherings. Our desire is to join in God’s work here in the city.

 

Tom sees miracles happening in the city as part of God’s manifestations of His work and love for the people. He accepts this award on behalf of all the people making up Ripple and the many people making positive ripples in the city.

 

Ecumenical Service Award Winners

2013

Eric Lundberg

1999

Rev. Richard Guhl

2012

Rev. Tom Albright from Ripple

1998

Leone Schuler

2011

Refugee Ministry of First Presbyterian Church

1997

Patricia Gaukler & Elizabeth Benke

2010

Peace Gardeners of Jordan UCC

 

 

2009

J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home & Mrs. Mildred Scrak

1996

Carol Closson

2008

Jessie Highet

1995

Jim & Lois Hunter

 

Rev. George Yoder

1994

Rev. Timothy Downs

 

Peace & Justice Team of HOPE UCC

1993

Rev. Melvin Tatem

2006

Henry Acres

1992

Geri Bodnar

 

SWiM Ministries

1991

Herbert Stahl

2005

Monsignor John Murphy

1990

Robert Moser

 

St. James AME Zion Church

1989

Henry & Ruth Messinger

2004

Father Daniel Gambet

1988

Elizabeth Preston

 

Carmen Machado

1985

Margaret Koether

 

Lauren Reifsnyder

1984

James Hottenstein

 

Luther Crest

1983

Rev. Tom Harris

2003

Alan Jennings

1982

Ruth Holben

2002

Rev. William Horn

1981

Rev. A. Malcolm MacMillan

2001

William Diehl

 

Anne Shire

2000

Rev. Gary Piatt & Betty Minor