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BLOOMINGTON, IN – The City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has announced the winners of its eleventh annual Human Rights Awards: Charlie Dupree and Virginia Hall were chosen as joint recipients for their work with Trinity Episcopal Church.
Dupree has been the Senior Pastor at Trinity since the fall of 2008. His nominator wrote that “In all of the work that he does, he models a belief in creating opportunity for all people to be self-determined, respected and fully included in society. He truly believes in (an) inclusive community. He has spearheaded the effort to create a low-barrier shelter for the winter months, creating opportunities for families experiencing homelessness to remain intact. He has opened up the doors of his congregation to individuals with developmental disabilities, establishing multiple ways for them to share their gifts and abilities with the community. He recognizes the power of words and the power of actions, and he utilizes them both to make our community and world a better place.”
Hall has been the Assistant Rector at Trinity for five years. Her nominator wrote that he wanted to recognize Hall’s work with the Monroe County Religious Leaders group, an interfaith group of lay and clergy who are committed to “advocating for the religious principles of mercy, peace, social and economic justice, and stewardship of the earth.” He also cited her work with the congregation’s Outreach Commission. Quoting a Trinity parishioner, her nominator wrote that “Thanks in large part to [Hall’s] leadership, both from the pulpit and behind the scenes, during recent years Trinity’s culture has shifted significantly from one in which Outreach was a minor part in the church’s affairs to its present state, in which service to the community has become a central part of the parish’s identity. She models a commitment to social justice and human rights on several fronts.”
The Human Rights Awards honor individuals or groups who have made specific and significant contributions to improving civil rights, human relations or civility in our community. The BHRC is pleased to recognize these two colleagues for their work in promoting social justice in our community. Byron Bangert, chair of the BHRC, will present the awards at the Bloomington Common Council meeting on April 4, 2012.