Four people from the Diocese of York were amongst Christians from Africa, the Far East and the rest of the UK who received the 2018 Lambeth Awards, presented by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace in April.
Among the recipients were Canon Dr Paula Gooder, who was recognised for her biblical scholarship and shining example of service to the Church of England. Canon Grace Kaiso received an award for his service to the Anglican Communion, including his remarkable leadership on conflict resolution and peacebuilding in Africa. The Revd Dr John L Bell was recognised for his outstanding Christian witness through hymn-writing, broadcasting and social action. Two Muslim leaders also received awards, including Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, who was recognised for his “courageous and selfless intervention” to prevent violence against a driver who had run down worshippers near a mosque in Finsbury Park.
In total 30 awards were given to people from across the Church who have given extraordinary service in fields including conflict resolution, education, worship, journalism and evangelism.
The Lambeth Awards, launched by Archbishop Justin Welby in 2016, recognise outstanding service in different fields, including those of the Archbishop’s ministry priorities of prayer and the Religious life; reconciliation and peacebuilding; and evangelism and witness.
Speaking at the ceremony, Archbishop Welby said he wished to express the thanks of the Church and the wider community for the recipients’ outstanding contributions in their fields.
He added that he hoped the world at large will “see what these people have done and understand that, in their different fields, they show forth values which are our values, Gospel values of love for humanity, reconciliation and selfless service; and, more widely, values common to all people of good will.”
The four recipients from York Diocese were as follows: