Intercultural Ministries

Revelation 7:9 Award

What does it mean to be God’s family? The Church of the Brethren has committed itself to being transformed completely—as individuals, as congregations, as a denomination—so that we continually grow into the vision of Revelation 7:9. We seek to be separate no more.

The purpose of the Revelations 7:9 Award is to recognize church members and congregations for their contributions to a vision of intercultural ministries in their communities, within the denomination, and in the world at large.

2016 - Shantilal P. Bhagat

Originally from India where he worked with the church for 16 years at the Rural Service Center in Anklesvar, Shantilal P. Bhagat came to the United States to take a position in Elgin in 1968. He served with the General Board for over 30 years, in a variety of roles including Coordinator of Social Services for the Foreign Mission Commission, Community Development Consultant, Asia Representative, United Nations Representative, Global Justice Consultant, Education/Economic Justice Consultant, Staff and then Director of Eco-Justice and Rural/Small Church Concerns. From 1988 to 1997 Brother Shantilal wrote three books, many articles, and several education/resource packets. In 1995, he was presented with a black by the Black Church Committee in appreciation for his editing the resources: Racism and the Church, Overcoming the Idolatry, and Now is the Time to Heal Our Racial Brokenness.

Brother Shantilal currently lives at Hillcrest and continues to be active in the Pacific Southwest District, maintains an active ecumenical correspondence, and advocates for environmental justice and its cross-section with social justice for us all.

2013 - Intercultural Ministries Advisory Committee: Barbara Daté, Thomas Dowdy, Robert Jackson, Gilbert Romero, and Thomas Dowdy

Intercultural Ministries Advisory Committee, October 2013
2013 Award was given to IMAC during the “Great Multitude Symposium” in Virlina 2013. Pictured (l-r): Robert Jackson, Barbara Daté, Dennis Webb, and Gilbert Romero; and Thomas Dowdy in absentia.

2011 - Sonja Sherfy Griffith
Sonja Griffith, executive minister for Western Plains District, was one of those who helped found the Intercultural Consultation. She was host pastor of the first consultation, held in 1999.

Sonja Griffith is presented the annual Revelation 7:9 Diversity Award from the Intercultural Advisory Committee
Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford

Sonja Griffith is presented the annual Revelation 7:9 Diversity Award from the Intercultural Advisory Committee

2010 - Carol Yeazell

2009 - Guillermo Encarnación

2008 - Orlando Redekopp and Duane Grady