2019 Barrier Breaker Award Nominations Sought
The Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award celebrates North Alabama United Methodists who are willing to stand up for the rights of marginalized women and minorities and take risks in their ministries. The North Alabama Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women presents this award to the recipient that best embodies the spirit of the award’s namesake.
For nearly three decades, COSROW recognizes those who sought justice and advocated for women and minorities in the North Alabama area. Its winners have been both male and female, clergy and laity, and each nominee and recipient worked within all aspects of the church, but their single common denominator is in supporting and lifting up the voices of the oft-silenced.
The North Alabama COSROW team requests that you consider offering a nominee that fits the following criteria:
- A person who has exhibited dynamic leadership in the local church, the community, district and on the conference levels.
- A person who shows courage and willingness to serve will stand up for the rights of women and ethnic minority persons and is willing to take risks.
The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2019. Submit your nominations now!
The nominees will be acknowledged on the floor of Annual Conference, as well as received as distinguished guests to the Annual COSROW Breakfast on Monday, June 3, 2019. This year’s speaker is Mary Page Wilson-Lyons.
Mary Page currently serves as a strategy consultant for The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, an organization that develops strategies to connect women and families experiencing poverty with opportunities to thrive, and empowers the voices of women to be heard on the legislative level. She has long had a passion for class/race/gender studies and exploring the systemic causes of poverty in the South, especially through the lens of religious ethics. Mary Page most recently worked as a Visiting Instructor of Religion at Birmingham-Southern College and previously served as the Director of Strategy at The Women’s Fund. Before moving to Birmingham, she taught high school abroad in Székesfehérvár, Hungary andserved as a chaplain at the Metro State Prison for Women in Atlanta, GA. She holds a Master of Divinity from Emory University in theology and ethics and a B.A. in religion from Birmingham-Southern College.
The winner of the 2019 Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award will be presented before the Annual Conference on Monday, June 3, 2019.