Congregational and Partner Awards

At the Annual Membership Assembly, Community Renewal Society recognizes leaders, congregations and legislators for their exceptional commitment to addressing racism and poverty.

  • John Purdy, Sr. Memorial Leadership Award: presented to a person who embodies the meaning of justice and faith in action.

  • City on the Hill Award: presented to a church that has been at the forefront of our work, turning out to events and intentionally building power to move the CRS Platform for Renewal.

  • Partner Award: presented to individuals who embody extraordinary partnership in any of our campaigns.

  • Legislative Lighthouse: recognizes a trailblazer and intentional legislative partner who championed the issues affecting our communities.

  • Memorial/Cloud of Witness Award: honors CRS leaders who put their faith in action during their lifetime.

Awardees

2018

  • John Purdy, Sr. Memorial Leadership Award – Terris "Terry" Clark

  • City on the Hill Award – Third Unitarian Church of Chicago

  • Legislative Lighthouse Award – State Senator Daniel Biss (D-9)

  • Partner Award – American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU)

2017

  • John Purdy, Sr. Memorial Leadership Award – Cindy Greenwood & Karlos Lloyd

  • City on the Hill Award – Arlington Heights Faith in Action Team (St. John UCC, Southminster Presbyterian, First UMC, St. James Catholic Church, Our Savior Lutheran, Congregational UCC)

  • Legislative Lighthouse Award – Rep. David Harris

  • Memorial/Cloud of Witness Award – Marge Frens & Gale Lewis

2016

  • John Purdy, Sr. Memorial Leadership Award – Mazell Sykes

  • City on the Hill Award – Shiloh Baptist Church, Waukegan

  • Legislative Lighthouse Award – Rep. Camille Lilly

  • Partner Award – UMC Chicago Urban Strategy

2015

  • John Purdy, Sr. Memorial Leadership Award – Rev. Eddie L. Knox, Jr., D. Min., Pullman Presbyterian & Teleza Rogers, Way of Life International Church, FORCE member.

  • City on the Hill Award – Southminster Presbyterian Church

  • Legislative Lighthouse Award – Representative Kelly Cassidy

  • Partner Award – Beth Johnson, Cabrini Green Legal Aid/ Sam Tuttle, Heartland Alliance

2014

  • John Purdy, Sr. Memorial Leadership Award – Christina Rice

  • City on the Hill Award – New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church

  • Legislative Lighthouse Award – Senator Don Harmon

  • Partner Award – Ali Abid, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice

2013

  • John Purdy, Sr. Memorial Leadership Award – Marlon Chamberlain

  • City on the Hill Award – Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation

  • Public Servant Lighthouse Award – Representative LaShawn K. Ford

2012

  • John Purdy Sr. Memorial Leadership Award - Father Larry Dowling

  • City on the Hill Award - Kingdom Baptist Church

  • Public Official Lighthouse Award - Alderman Walter Burnett

2011

  • John Purdy Sr. Memorial Leadership Award – Rev. Robert Biekman, Southlawn United Methodist Church

  • City on the Hill Award – Valor Faith Ministries

  • Public Official Lighthouse Award – Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Michelle Saddler