Christian Worldview Organization Honors Canon Andrew White with 2014 William Wilberforce Award
May 3 at 6:30 p.m.: Media Q-and-A with Canon Andrew White
Contact: Canon Andrew White, 202-557-6683; David Carlson, 571-283-1998 cell
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire
/ -- This year's annual William Wilberforce Award, presented by the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
, will be awarded to Canon Andrew White in recognition of his service to Christianity internationally and, in particular, his service to the Middle East.
Like the award's namesake, White has taken great risks to bring about radical change in some of the most dangerous places in the world. Commonly known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," White leads St. George's Church, the only Anglican congregation in Iraq and one of the biggest churches in the country. He also has worked tirelessly to bring about reconciliation between various sectarian groups in Iraq, including the Shia and Sunni.
In addition to his work in Iraq, White has been instrumental in reconciling various groups in Israel and Palestine over many years. He recently hosted a historic meeting that convened Iraqis, Israelis and Palestinians in Cyprus.
"I am more honored and inspired with this award than any other award I have every received," said White. "I, like William Wilberforce, also used to live and work in Clapham in southwest London. Almost every day, I would pass the church he attended, Holy Trinity, Clapham Common, and pray 'Lord, make me like Wilberforce.' It is humbling to receive an award that honors the memory of one of the greatest statesmen ever and has been presented to such inspirational people, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan last year."
The award will be presented at a dinner in Washington on Saturday, May 3, at the Westfields Marriot Washington Dulles in Chantilly, Virginia. White is presently in the United States and is available to speak with media by phone or on-site at the award dinner. See contact information above.
MEDIA NOTE: Media are invited to cover the May 3 award event (details here
), including a Media Q-and-A from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the hotel's Madison Room. Media may attend the dinner to cover Canon White's remarks by registering at www.wilberforceweekend.com
using voucher code MEDIA. On-site contact: David Carlson, 571.283.1998 mobile.