The Courage of Conscience Award
The Giving of
||Above: Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Agnes
Gonxha Boyaxhiu) Catholic nun, humanitarian and spiritual teacher,
recipient of The Courage of Conscience Award.
Throughout history, peace awards have served to bring attention
to humanitarian causes and great works that otherwise go unnoticed.
The increased visibility that awards provide translates into increased
public attention and awareness. And from "awareness" springs
movements -- the civil rights movement, the peace movement, the
animal rights movement, and the movement to save the planet.
Recipients of awards represent the means by which the public is
able to personally relate to a given cause. They become the lens
through which a cause is experienced and embraced -- the persona
or face with which the public can readily identify.
|Above: Pat Ferren presents
The Courage of Conscience Award to Muhammad Ali.
Awards serve to magnify and educate. They celebrate, energize and
"authenticate," not individuals, but causes in ways mere
press coverage cannot. More than any other form of documentation,
peace awards record humankind's highest ideals and aspirations --
serving as guideposts on the pathway to peacemaking.
The coveted Nobel Peace Prize brought attention to an obscure nun
in Calcutta and her compassion for the poorest of the poor, to a
black civil rights leader in America and his outrage over racist
laws, to an exiled monk from Tibet and the destruction of his homeland,
and to an incensed black bishop from SOWETO, and the immorality
of apartheid. Through awards we become aware.
|| Above: Julia Butterfly Hill received
the Courage of Conscience Award on October 31, 2002.
Awards are many things to many people, but at heart they constitute
a testimony to the hopes, the dreams, and the actions that lie at
the center of an individual's commitment to a shared vision.
It is out of a desire to promote the causes of peace and justice,
nonviolence and love that The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience
Award is humbly given.
A complete list of The
Courage of Conscience Award Recipients can be viewed