Paul & Paula Murphy Award

2021 PAUL AND PAULA MURPHY AWARD WINNER: Savannah Sanburg

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Savannah Sanburg was chosen because as a person and as a professor, she has courageously testified to the struggles and challenges transgender persons face in today's world. 

She daily faces the prejudices of church and society, but she eloquently educates those of us who lack understanding and even appropriate vocabulary.  With grace and intellect, Savannah epitomizes advocacy that brings about lasting change in the hearts, minds, and behavior of others.  Congratulations, Savannah!

PREVIOUS PAUL AND PAULA MURPHY AWARD WINNERS

2013 - Reverend Valerie Jackson

2014 - Reverend Eric Strader, Reverend Jessica Rooks, Reverend Brad Laurvick

2015 - Reverend Michael Dent

2017 - Reverend Kent Ingram

2016 - Bishop Karen Oliveto

2016 - Bishop Karen Oliveto

2018- Reverend Dr. Harvey Martz

2020 -Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer and Rev. Sharon Langfeldt

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2019 - Senator Lucia Guzman

PAUL AND PAULA MURPHY

THE PAUL AND PAULA MURPHY ANNUAL HUMAN SEXUALITY AWARD GUIDELINES

 

On September 16, 2012, the Board of Directors (“Board”) of the Center established an annual award to be funded from a bequest to the Center from the estates of Paul and Paula Murphy (Bequest”).  The purpose of this award is to honor a pastor or layperson who has significantly advanced the discussion of human sexuality and/or the human rights of LGBT persons within a religious organization or institution.  These Guidelines set forth the requirements for selection of award recipients and award disbursement.

 The award criteria shall be that the individual has evidenced a consistent message which advocates for open discussion of human sexuality in the context of a religious institution or organization, and which promotes the full and complete acceptance and participation of the LGBT community in that institution or organization. Specific considerations should include, but not be limited to, sermons, positions espoused in spoken and written word, involvement in advocacy, programs developed and LGBT community outreach.  The effectiveness of the individual’s efforts should also be taken into consideration, if measurable.