The Institute for Jewish Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College Honored Deacon Liz Miller on Sunday, October 14th as part of its annual Wallenberg Tribute Dinner. Trinity Episcopal Church sponsored a reception preceding the dinner, where everyone had a chance to mix with Leaders of the Lehigh Valley’s religious community.
Deacon Liz was given the Wallenberg Tribute Award for her selfless service as coordinator of the Trinity Soup Kitchen, gathering, inspiring and leading a community in mutual ministry with the hungry, poor, unemployed, mentally ill, homeless, marginalized, addicted and lonely people of Bethlehem and acting as a role model for those who would seek social and economic justice in the Lehigh Valley and throughout the world.
The award is named for Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Diplomat who, through courageous moral action saved tens of thousands of Jews from certain death in Budapest during World War II and the Holocaust.
Liz was introduced by Marcie Lightwood, Schools program Coordinator at the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Trinity parishioner who noted Liz’s ministry in burying, marrying, baptizing and caring for soup kitchen guests as well as feeding them top quality meals 51 weeks a year with an accepting, inclusive attitude.
Many soup kitchen volunteers, friends and Trinity clergy attended the event, including Father Cliff Carr and The Rev. Dr. Pamela Payne, who closed the evening with a blessing. Our New Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Kevin Nichols also attended, and had the opportunity to meet clergy and lay leaders of many Christian and Jewish denominations from the Lehigh Valley who are engaged in interfaith activities.
Deacon Liz joined an impressive group of Lehigh Valley’s religious and social leaders in receiving this honor in past years, including Rabbi Allen Juda, CACLV CEO Alan Jennings, The Rev. Dr. Walter Wagner, Lehigh Conference of Churches past leaders The Rev. Doctor Christine Nelson and Bill and Jeanette Seaman.