Congressmen recognized for personal and professional work toward reconciliation WASHINGTON, July 14 /EMWNews/ -- The Faith & Politics Institute will recognize Congressmen Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Chip Pickering, R-Miss., at its second John Lewis-Amo Houghton Leadership Award dinner. Robert G. Liberatore, formerly of Daimler, and Faith & Politics Institute co-founder Anne Bartley will also receive the award. The dinner will take place on July 16, 2008 at 6:30pm at the Newseum in Washington, DC. NPR's Nina Totenberg will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Featured speakers will include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. Approximately 50 members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, are expected to be in attendance. A press availability will take place at 6:45pm. In co-leading The Faith & Politics Institute's "Courage and Creativity" Congressional Pilgrimage to Mississippi in March 2008, congressmen Thompson and Pickering demonstrated courageous leadership in bridging political and personal divides in order to better serve the people of Mississippi. The pilgrimage was the culmination of two years of dialogue between the two men, breaking years of silence despite their adjacent districts. Robert G. Liberatore will be recognized for his lifetime of service in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Chrysler Corporation, he served on Capitol Hill for ten years, including four years as Staff Director for Senator Robert C. Byrd. Upon his retirement from Daimler in 2008, Liberatore joined the German Marshall Fund as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow. He also recently became a member of the Board of The Faith & Politics Institute, joining the Hon. Amo Houghton, the Hon. Dan Glickman and others. Anne Bartley was part of the four-member congressional reflection group in the late 1980s that eventually grew into The Faith & Politics Institute, and has served on the Institute's Board of Directors since its incorporation 17 years ago. A well-known activist and philanthropist, Bartley's passion for racial reconciliation and her understanding of the importance of contemplative life, coupled with her keen political instinct, have helped to make the Institute what it is today. The Lewis-Houghton Leadership Award recognizes leaders who have exhibited qualities of conscience, courage and compassion in their roles as public servants. Important attributes of each honoree are demonstrated integrity between their spiritual values and their actions, and long-term commitment to leadership in service of the common good. The namesakes of the award, Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) and former Congressman Amo Houghton (R-N.Y.), served as co-chairs of The Faith & Politics Institute from 1997 to 2005. Past award recipients include Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Rev. W. Douglas Tanner Jr. Envisioning a world where all political leaders draw upon their faith to strengthen their leadership, The Faith & Politics Institute is a nonpartisan, interfaith organization, founded in 1991 to help public officials stay in touch with their deeper calling to public service.
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