OREPA members honored for leadership and commitment

Marcus and Glenda Struss-Keyes were honored with the Bishop Walter Sullivan Award by the Catholic Committee of Appalachia at the annual gathering of CCA in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The Sullivan Award recognizes the work of individuals whose commitment to Appalachia extends beyond peace and justice for the people to embrace justice for all creation. Ann Marie Quinn presented the award to Marcus and Glenda on behalf of CCA.

Marcus and Glenda have been stalwart members of OREPA since their arrival in East Tennessee twenty-five years ago, serving stints on the Board of Directors and various committees. Their work provided bridges between OREPA and many other religious and community groups, including CCA; their dedication to ending weapons production in Oak Ridge has found them both serving time in Anderson County Jail for nonviolent civil disobedience at the Y12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge. Marcus and Glenda were the first recipients of OREPA’s Peacemaker Award in 1999.


Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at orep@earthlink.net or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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