I extend my congratulations to Bishop Donal McKeown and Bishop Ken Good, two very worthy recipients of the “Lambeth Award 2020”. Building on the work of their predecessors, they have worked, both individually and jointly, to help heal community divisions. Their choosing to work together as often as possible, and their visible presence together on so many occasions, sends a strong message of harmony and is a powerful living out of the Gospel values of love, peace and unity.
The shared Christian witness of Bishop Donal and Bishop Ken serves as an inspiration for us all, both in church and civic society. I am pleased that they are being recognised not only for their contribution to church unity, but also for their lived testimony to reconciliation in the wider community.
Notes to Editors
· Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland.
· The Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Justin Welby, today announced this year’s recipients of Lambeth Awards for outstanding contributions to the Church and wider society. In total 32 awards were given to people from across the Church and beyond in fields including evangelism, the Religious life, safeguarding, ecumenism, theology and interfaith relations.
Bishop Donal McKeown, Catholic Bishop of Derry, received the Langton Award for Community Service for his exceptional and sustained dedication to the cause of peace and social cohesion in an environment of traditional interdenominational tension.
Bishop Kenneth Good, retired Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry, received the Langton Award for Community Service for giving strategic leadership to the local church to engage fully with the community, throughout his ordained ministry, most of which was in the complex community of Northern Ireland.
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