2017 ChIME Planetary Chaplain
"Planetary Chaplains are people who by their work and influence bring the divine in service to alleviate suffering, bring joy to others, and/or to serve others with the intention of strengthening spiritual well-being. They offer their time and talent locally, in our neighborhoods, town, cities and regions, with both local and non-local - sometimes national and even global - impact. They may be health care workers, artists, teachers, healers, organizers, social activists, business people, etc. Some have done their earthly work, but it lives on through the organizations they created, or in their spirit of compassion and service. Radical theologian Matthew Fox describes a Planetary Chaplain as "an individual doing good work - that is, work that is a blessing to the community, a midwife of grace."
The award is given in the evening at ChIME’s Annual Friendraiser "OMcoming" in the Fall, this year on October 20th. We will contact you before then to let you know if your nominee was chosen by the ChIME Board.
In addition to inviting national teachers to present, since 2008, ChIME has given an annual Planetary Chaplain Award to a local individual who, by his or her work and influence, brings the divine in service to alleviate suffering, bring joy to others, and/or serve others with the intention of strengthening spiritual well-being. Also called "midwives of grace," Planetary Chaplain award winners include:
2008 Mutima Peters, Director of Central African Vision
2009 Ruth Bersin, Refugee Immigration Ministry
2010 Rev. Mair Honan, Grace - Street Ministry
2011 Jeffrey Wood, Founder and Director of eHope
2012 Denise Altvater, Wabanaki Child/Family Advocate
2013 Rev Dr. Bruce Burnham, Crisis Relief Activist and UCC Minister
2014 Pious Ali, Community Leader and Citizen at Large
2015 Revs. Sara and Allen Ewing-Merrill of Hope.Gate.Way. and
Community radio station WMPG (an organizational awardee)
2016 Betsy Parsons, lifelong teacher and advocate for LGBT students