Nominations now open for the 2022 Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award
The Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award is a way to recognize leaders in the North Alabama Conference who advocate for women and marginalized communities. The award was established by the Conference United Methodist Women and is now carried on by the Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW). Past winners of this award are everyday church members and clergy who dedicate themselves to the well-being of others.
During the past two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual annual conference meetings, there have not been nominations or presentations of the Barrier Breaker Award. In 2022, COSROW is excited to lift up this award again and to receive submissions about all the powerful ministries and creative leaders who have been active during these two uniquely challenging years.
Recent recipients of the Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award are Lucy Morales (2019) for her service as Conference Hispanic Ministries strategist; Ama Shambulia (2018) for her leadership of WE Community Gardens and Allison Dearing (2017) for her founding of One Place Family Justice Center.
COSROW is eager to read submissions about the barrier breakers who have made a difference in your local church and community in the last two years. A nominee must be actively involved in a North Alabama United Methodist Church to qualify for the award. Nominees may be clergy or laity and may be any gender.
Nominations are open until Thursday, March 24. The award will be presented at the 2022 North Alabama Annual Conference on June 22-24 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.
Thank you for helping to recognize leaders who advocate for others.