Community of Christ and the Shaw Family Foundation have announced Community Peacemaker Teams as recipients of the International Peace Award 2023.
The two organizations recognized CPT’s thirty-five years of commitment to “the transforming power of nonviolence through activism grounded in partnerships with grassroots peace movements.”
Upon the announcement, CPT’s Administrative Director, Muriel Schmid, said, “CPT is honored for the recognition this Peace Award represents. We receive it on behalf of all our partners who have resisted violence and oppression in creative and strong ways. We are grateful for the many years of solidarity accompaniment with them and for learning from them. We look forward to the world of peace we are all working toward.”
CPT is honored to join the long list of awardees that includes Leymah Gbowee, Dolores Huerta and Father Virgilio Elizondo, to name a few.
CPT will receive the award during the Community of Christ World Conference in April 2023.
About the Award
The International Peace Award has been presented annually since 1993. Award recipients are individuals or organizations doing important work in justice and peace not currently associated with Community of Christ. Through awareness and recognition, the award helps promote the importance of partnerships beyond the boundaries of Community of Christ.
Honorees represent diversity in ethnicity, gender, and faith. Their work aligns with Community of Christ’s efforts to ‘Pursue Peace on Earth and Abolish Poverty and End Suffering’ by seeking avenues of peace amid conflict, injustice, and suffering of persons, creatures, and the environment.
The award includes a financial gift to be donated to the charitable peace, justice, or environmental organization(s) of the recipient’s choice. Honorees also receive a sculpture created by Wyoming artist Gail Sundell. Each is made slightly different to honor the specific peacemaking contribution of the recipient.