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LIFT Award for 2012

Living our Faith Together Award – “LIFT”

Steve Cooper, DRE at DuPage UU ChurchVelaine CarnallThe purpose of this Central Midwest District award is to honor a congregation or individual for a program or project that either:

Brings together people of all ages to work on a social justice concern and demonstrate living out our Unitarian Universalist values
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Brings together people from several faith communities, including interfaith initiatives, to address a social justice issue.

If you would like to nominate a person or a congregation for this CMwD award, please send an email to Dori Davenport Thexton.  Please include the name of who you are nominating and why you believe they should receive it, based on the criteria above. Deadline for nominations is January 28, 2011.

The first award was given to Steve Cooper at District Assembly, 2009, for the project, “No More Turning Away.”

Steve, who is the DRE at the Dupage UU Congregation in Naperville, IL, inspired religious educators and other religious leaders across our Central Midwest District to engage their congregations in learning about the causes of homelessness and to do something in their local communities to address the issue. He created and assembled numerous online resources for people of all ages to work on this project, culminating in a “Sleep-Out.” The Sleep-Outs” involved individuals and families sleeping outdoors overnight in a cardboard box.

 

It was the first district-wide project in CMWD history, and likely in the Unitarian Universalist Association. Steve’s curriculum and materials have been used by UUs across the country.

Last year’s winner was Velaine Carnall from Hinsdale.
Velaine has a long history with Planned Parenthood and Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights.  She is a clinic escort for two area clinics and with her late husband developed the escort-service program. Velaine is a longtime member of the Women’s Alliance and has served as president.  She is also a longtime member and strong voice to the CMwD-UUWF and its successor organization the UU Women’s Connection.  She serves on the congregation’s Social Action committee, is a long a member of the League of Women Voters, and she is presently involved with Hinsdale’s “Aging Well” program to help keep seniors in their homes.

If you would like to nominate a person or a congregation for this CMwD award, please send an email to Dori Davenport Thexton.  Please include the name of who you are nominating and why you believe they should receive it, based on the criteria above. Deadline for nominations is January 28, 2011.