Louisville-based Interfaith Paths to Peace, announced that the URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies is the 2014 recipient of the annual “National Peacemaker of the Year” Award. The award was presented to Center Director, Professor Paul Bueno de Mesquita on Friday, September 26, at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Community Center in Louisville as part of the National Peacemakers Day celebrations hosted by Interfaith Paths to Peace. Paul gave the keynote address entitled, “Gandhi and King: Sewing the Seeds of Peace.” (Pictured: Paul & Kay Bueno de Mesquita and Terry Taylor)
In presenting the award, Terry Taylor, Executive Director of Interfaith Paths to Peace, cited the Center’s outstanding work in offering training and certification in nonviolence and peace education practices using the vision of Nobel Prize laureate, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Taylor said, “The Center’s unique training draws people not only from throughout the US, but also from dozens of countries around the world, people who practice a wide variety of religions and faith traditions. These individuals then apply Dr. King’s vision and practices back to their own communities and countries where many of them shape a peaceful and nonviolent future for their fellow citizens.”
In accepting the award on behalf of the Center, Dr. Bueno de Mesquita said, “We are grateful for the recognition and honor bestowed upon the Center by this award. We accept this award on behalf of the University and the Center, but most importantly, on behalf of all of those many individuals who have dedicated their lives and their work to the cause of nonviolence and peace over the last decade since the Center’s inception. This award is a tribute to our national and international network of nonviolence trainers and peacemakers, whose work courageously reaches across political, cultural and religious boundaries in the promotion of Dr. King’s vision of a truly ‘Beloved Community’ with justice and equality for all.”
Previous winners of this award have included the International Compassionate Cities Movement, the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Interfaith Paths to Peace is a non-profit organization that works to make the city of Louisville, the nation, and the world more peaceful by offering scores of programs each year aimed at increasing interfaith understanding.