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.


Dr. Owen Owens
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Owen OwensDuring several visits to Washington, DC, Reverend Owens steered religious leaders through the political maze of the nation’s capitol. He saw the steps necessary for a new organization to acquire appointments with White House officials, the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, the Secretary of the Interior, the Office of the President of the World Bank, as well as major Congressional figures.

His insight and astute sense of diplomacy guided the public policy initiatives of the new religious coalition. For his statesmanship, leadership, and guidance, Owen’s esteemed service is acknowledged with a Year 2000 “Steward of the Forest” award.

Reverend Dr. Owens has also served as chair of the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group where he coined the term “eco-justice.”

In addition he has also demonstrated how one motivated clergyman can turn a large metropolitan area around when he took on the challenge of cleaning up the polluted streams of Eastern Pennsylvania around Philadelphia.  After ten years of dialogue with the city plus townships, water companies, sewage treatment facilities, farmers and businesses, he developed a model campaign of citizen action in his efforts to clean up Metro Philadelphia’s rivers and streams. As a result they once again support a healthy trout fishery.

By profession Reverend Owen serves as director for the Environmental and Racial Justice department for the American Baptist Church’s Office of National Ministries, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.



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