Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity to receive ‘Peace Award’
AMERICUS, Ga. (Oct. 15, 2004) – Habitat for Humanity International and its founder president, Millard Fuller, will add yet another award to their string of international honors when the World Methodist Council bestows upon them its World Methodist Peace Award.
The award, given annually by the leadership of the World Methodist Council, will be jointly given to Fuller and Habitat for Humanity in a ceremony at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta. Prior winners of the award have included former South African President Nelson Mandela, former President Jimmy Carter, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
The World Methodist Council is a Christian World Communion comprised of 76 member churches in the Methodist/Wesleyan family located in 132 countries. Since 1977, the council has annually given the award to an individual or group in recognition for their significant contributions toward peace and reconciliation. The criteria include courage, creativity and consistency.
The council is honoring Fuller and Habitat for Humanity for their work promoting dignity, self-respect and reconciliation within the lives of individuals and communities around the world. For example, in Northern Ireland, Protestants and Catholics have worked side-by-side building houses; and in Selma, Ala., a city involved in the civil rights struggles in the 1960s, people of every race and culture are working side by side to help eliminate poverty housing in their community.
"In bringing together persons regardless of their religious preference or background to work side-by-side to eliminate poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International promotes peace, reconciliation and justice," said the Rev. George Freeman, top executive of the World Methodist Council. His Eminence Sunday Mbang, chairperson of the World Methodist Council and Prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, will present the award.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org