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Nominations Sought for Peacemaker Awards

The Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) is seeking nominations for its annual Peacemaker Awards.

The Lifetime of Peacemaking Award and the Peacemaker of the Year Award both honor local residents who have made a significant contribution to the pursuit of peace, justice, or environmental sustainability, either locally or on a broader scale. The only limitations are that the awardee cannot be a present ICPJ board member and cannot have previously won a Peacemaker Award. Awards may be given to couples, families, or organizations.

ICPJ also presents a Youth Peacemaker Award to a student under 18 years old who has shown leadership in peacemaking activities. It can also be given to a student group.

The Peacemaker Awards were first given in 1995 to Will Lane and Jan Powers. Last year’s Lifetime of Peacemaking Award was given to Judy Leslie, and the Peacemaker of the Year Award was given to Scott Hancock. A special posthumous Lifetime of Peacemaking Award was given to Pastor Jay Zimmerman. A full list of past Peacemaker Award winners can be found at http://icpj-gettysburg.org/peacemaker-award-archives/.

The Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985. According to its mission statement, it “seeks to dialogue on peace, social justice, and environmental balance and to enrich our community by inspiring individuals to work nonviolently toward the realization of those values in human society.” It organizes the annual Peace Camp for school-age children and the annual multicultural Adams County Heritage Festival.

Nominations for the Peacemaker Awards can be sent to ICPJ at PO Box 3134, Gettysburg, or by a message left at 717-334-0752, or by email to Dennis M. Murphy, ICPJ President, at murphtones72@gmail.com. Nominations must be received by February 25.

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