Bishop Steven Charleston will be the keynote speaker when The Witness magazine presents its 2003 Spirits of Justice awards at 4 p.m. Saturday at Gethsemane Episcopal Church.
The event, co-sponsored by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, honors individuals who have made a life commitment to peace, social change and justice. Each award is presented in honor of an individual whose life shaped the character and spirit of The Witness, a magazine of the Episcopal Church Publishing Company. Speaker Charleston is dean and president of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass.
Bishop Barbara Harris, retired suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts, will receive The William Stringfellow Award, presented in honor of a theologian and lawyer. The first woman to be ordained to the episcopate in the Anglican Communion, Harris has devoted her life to social justice and prophetic ministry.
Tom B.K. Goldtooth will receive The William Spofford Award, presented in honor of a longtime editor and outspoken labor advocate. Goldtooth has been an activist, advocate, organizer and policy maker within the environmental justice movement.
The Rev. Barbara Ramnaraine will receive The Vida Scudder Award, presented in honor of a feminist and socialist. Ramnaraine is a longtime advocate for rights for the physically handicapped. She has been coordinator of the Episcopal Disability Network since 1992. An Episcopal deacon based at St. Paul’s Church in Minneapolis, her vision and her dream is to be a part of a church in which there will be no outcasts and in which all people will be welcomed to share their gifts.
Voices in the Wilderness will be recognized with The William Scarlett Award, presented in honor of a labor activist and Episcopal bishop. Voices in the Wilderness functions as a network for nonviolent education and action.