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International Peace Award

The International Peace Award sponsored by Community of Christ and Shaw Family Foundation recognizes a person’s significant efforts to pursue peace.

The International Peace Award sponsored by Community of Christ and Shaw Family Foundation has been given since 1993. The award includes a financial gift to be donated to the charitable peace, justice, or environmental organization(s) of the recipient's choice. Honorees also receive a sculpture created by Wyoming artist Gail Sundell. Each is made slightly different to honor the unique peacemaking contribution of the recipient.


2023 Community Peacemaker Teams

For thirty-five years, Community Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has committed itself to the transforming power of nonviolence through activism grounded in partnerships with grassroots peace movements worldwide. Their mission to build partnerships that transform violence and oppression aligns closely with the church’s pursuit of peace and our efforts to abolish poverty and end needless suffering.

2019 Gary White

Gary White is CEO and co-founder of of Kansas City, Missouri, USA. As of the award presentation, had helped 13 million people in need gain access to safe water and sanitation. 

2019 Sister Kanter

Sister Andrea Kantner is founder of the Franciscan Mission Warehouse in Independence. The Franciscan Mission Warehouse distributes unwanted medical supplies and equipment to areas of the world where the materials are most needed.  

2016 Leymah Gbowee 

Leymah Gbowee, is the founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. This nonviolent movement joined Christian and Muslim women, empowering them to speak against the war and join in prayer and public protest. Their actions played a pivotal role in ending the civil war in Liberia in 2003. 

2014 Bread for the World 

Bread for the World has been in the forefront of helping fill bellies in the USA and throughout the world. 

2013 John L. Bell 

John L. Bell is a hymn writer and author. 

2012 Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba 

Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba is an advocate for global nuclear disarmament and founder of Mayors for Peace. 

2011 Terry Tempest Williams 

Terry Tempest Williams is a visionary author, naturalist, and activist. 


Information disclosed later about this recipient revealed they are no longer aligned with the mission and values associated with the International Peace Award. This award is no longer recognized. 

2009 Dr. Halima Bashir 

Dr. Halima Bashir is an advocate for the health and safety of the women and children of Darfur. 

2008 Koinonia Community 

The Koinonia Community is an exemplary peacemaking signal community. The award was accepted by Koinonia executive director Bren Dubay and chaplain Norris Harris. 

2007 Dolores Huerta and Father Virgilio Elizondo 

Dolores Huerta and Father Virgilio Elizondo are non-violent advocates for farm workers' rights.  

2006 Howard Zehr 

Howard Zehr is a pioneer in restorative justice and co-director for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA. 

2005 Craig Kielburger 

Craig Kielburger is the Founder of Free the Children headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Craig is the youngest ever recipient at age 22. 

2004 Rev. James Lawson 

Rev. James Lawson is a civil rights and on-going activist. Rev. Lawson organized the campaign to desegregate Nashville, Tennessee, through lunch counter sit-ins.   


Information disclosed later about this recipient revealed they are no longer aligned with the mission and values associated with the International Peace Award. This award is no longer recognized. 

2002 Ela Gandhi 

Ela Gandhi is a vigorous, non-violent opponent of apartheid in South Africa where she was under house arrest for nine years. 

2001 Dr. Swanee Hunt 

Dr. Swanee Hunt works with women and children in Bosnia. She is the founder of Women Waging Peace and the former US Ambassador to Austria. 

2000 Dr. John Paul Lederach 

Dr. John Paul Lederach is an international mediator and founding director of the Conflict Transformation Program at Eastern Mennonite University in the US. 

1999 Dr. Jane Goodall 

Dr. Jane Goodall is a primate researcher and environmentalist and does international environmental education work with children. 

1998 Dr. Marie Fortune 

Dr. Marie Fortune is a minister, and founder and former director of the Seattle, Washington, Center for the Prevention of Sexual Domestic Violence. The center is now called the FaithTrust Institute.  

1997 Senator Juan M. Flavier 

Senator Juan M. Flavier is a senator, medical doctor, and development worker among the poor. He is the former secretary of Department of Health in the Philippines. 

1995 Marian Wright Edelman 

Marian Wright Edelman is a national advocate for disadvantaged Americans, especially children, and founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. 

1994 Dr. M. Scott Peck and Lily Ho Peck 

Dr. M. Scott Peck and Lily Ho Peck are co-founders of the Foundation for Community Encouragement. M. Scott Peck is the author of The Road Less Traveled and other titles. 

1993 Dr. Jehan Sadat 

Dr. Jehan Sadat is a social reformer and advocate of emancipation projects for women in Egypt. 

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