MPT's Mary Hanna named
FAITH IN ACTION
Action of Greater Lansing's "Faith in Action" Award recognizes and affirms those who have made significant and tangible contributions in the areas of education, justice, civil rights for immigrants, health, children's health - equity and access, and human rights. The awardee is selected by the Action of Greater Lansing Board of Directors and presented annually at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast.
The approximately 325 people present applauded as Mary was called to the stage. Featured in the Program of the Day, it states:
"Mary L. Hanna has been a part of Action of Greater Lansing at many levels. She was the first Director of Operations, and she is credited with organizing all the support activities that are done today, while at the same time being deeply involved with Meta Peace Team and also with Pax Christi. When Action was ready to expand its operations, Mary took the opportunity and organized the administrative office. To her goes the credit for its efficiency.
Mary has her Master's Degree in Behavior Disorders from
Vanderbilt University, and spent 20 years as a case manager/counselor for Community Mental Health until she joined MPT in 2005.
Mary participates in both Domestic and International peace teams, is an engaging presenter, and handles all aspects of MPT's technology and social networking.
Committed to nonviolent conflict transformation, Mary is also the Coordinator/Operations Manager for Meta Peace Team and the State Coordinator for Pax Christi Michigan. She helped to found the Shanti Sena Network, and is past-Coordinator for the Peace Education Center in East Lansing.
Mary's tireless work has helped to make the Greater Lansing area a more just place for all our citizens.
Well done, good and faithful servant, Mary L. Hanna."
As part of her acceptance speech, Mary reminded the audience that on the date of this event (Feb. 4), we also celebrated Rosa Park's birthday. When Rosa Parks was confronted with bigotry and racism, she said "No", and it blossomed into what we now remember as the great Montgomery Bus Boycott. With this current election, we are facing many more things that we need to stand up and say 'No' to: No to anything that legitimizes hate, racism, sexism, prejudice or exclusion. Whether we call God "Allah", "Yahweh", "Father", or something else, we are all seeds of what Dr. King called The Beloved Community. It is part of our birthright and obligation to stand together and for each other".
Action of Greater Lansing is a coalition made up faith communities and community organizations working collaboratively for the greater good, and includes All Saints Episcopal Church, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Capital Area Regional Inclusive Community Coalition (RICC), the Community of Christ (Lansing and Rose Lake congregations), Cristo Rey Catholic Church, the Davies Project for Mid-Michigan Children, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church of Lansing, Friendship Baptist Church, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Lansing Church of the Brethren, the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Pax Christi Michigan, Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, the Red Cedar Friends, and Union Missionary Baptist Church.