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Bishop Nascimento

Photo: Stephen Steele, used with permission

The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding will hold its Sixth Annual Award Ceremony and Memorial Lecture on May 22, 2000, at 6-7:30 pm at the Park Avenue Synagogue (50 East 87th Street, NYC) to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals to the cause of interreligious understanding around the world.

The Tanenbaum Center's Peace Award recognizes religious leaders whose lives and freedom are at risk because of their efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in the face of violent conflicts. This year, Bishop Basilio do Nascimento, an East Timorese Catholic bishop will receive the Center's Peace Activist Award for his work in preserving peace amongst his fellow East Timorese despite a quarter of a century of bloody, civil conflict between East Timor and occupying armed forces from neighboring Indonesia. Fellow countryman 1996 Nobel laureate José Ramos-Horta will accompany Bishop do Nascimento. Dr. Ramos-Horta is a Professor in the Faculty of Law and Diplomacy Training program at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and, along with Bishop do Nascimento, is a key spokesperson for the people of the future independent country of East Timor.

Tickets for the ceremony and lecture, which will begin at 6pm, are available at no charge from Tanenbaum Center, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3502, New York, NY 10118, or by phone, 967-9874 or 967-6050, or fax, 967-9001. Only ticket holders will be admitted. The program will be followed by a private dinner. For those wishing to attend the dinner, please contact the Tanenbaum Center for ticket prices. Because the Center's past annual programs have attracted overflow audiences, prompt ticket orders are strongly recommended.

For interested media, more information on the Tanenbaum Center Awards Ceremony & Lecture can be gotten by calling John Showalter at (212) 780-1900, ext. 511.

The Tanenbaum Center is a nonsectarian organization whose sole purpose is to apply interreligious understanding as a tool to prevent and resolve intergroup conflicts in the workplace, classroom, and the public arena. Our namesake, Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum, was a world-renowned leader in ecumenism, human rights, and social justice. The Center was established shortly after his death in 1992 to carry on his life's work to promote interfaith understanding and take action against the divisive and destructive effects of religious and ethnic hatred.

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