Steward of God's Creation Award

The Steward of God?s Creation award is bestowed to those individuals who exhibit courage and commitment in the caring and keeping of the earth in a heroic, distinguished and effective manner. Awardees are determined by a vote of religious leaders and bestowed at a public event, normally the National Prayer Breakfast for Creation Care, which is sponsored annually by a coalition of religious organizations and affiliates.

   

Allen Johnson
Frost, West Virginia

Allen Johnson After graduating from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998 Allen Johnson assisted the Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation in developing its national statement on forest protection. His insight was instrumental in proposing justice for forest workers by inserting a call for the retraining of any forest worker who might be displaced by an end to commercial logging of the national forests. Under this stipulation any timber company employee would receive retraining education in forest restoration and repair. 

Additionally Allen assisted in developing a landmark statement on the spiritual values of the Lost Cove-Harper Creek wild area in Western North Carolina in conjunction with Appalachian Voices. As a direct result of that statement he founded Christians for the Mountains in 2005 along with Bob Marshall. This new organization would work to end mountaintop removal as a method of coal extraction in his home state of West Virginia as well as address such other issues and measures as would protect the forests and wild lands of the Appalachian heartland.

 

 

LIST OF RECIPIENTS

1999
Vincent Rossi
Chad Hanson

2000

Dr. Bob Marshall
Rev. Owen Owens
Julia "Butterfly" Hill
Jim Davidson
Dr. Robert Jonas

2001

Chief Michael Dombeck
Dr. Barak Gale

2002

Hume Davenport
Ann Alexander

2003

Rep. Cynthia McKinney

2004

Connie Hanson
Fr. Jacek Orzechowski

2005

Rev. Peter Moore-Kochlacs

 

 

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2006

Allen Johnson

2007

Rabbi Warren Stone
Thomas Herschelmen

2008

Carlos Agnesi
Fred Krueger

2009

Dr. Calvin DeWitt

2010

Dr. James Hansen

2011

Lisa Jackson

2012

Wendell Berry
Dr. Tom English
Dr. Lise Van Susteren

2013

Bill McKibben
Larry Gibson