Junior receives the first Rick Love Young Innovators in Peacebuilding Award

MACON — Mercer University junior Alexander John Paul Lutz was one of two recipients of the inaugural Rick Love Young Innovators in Peacebuilding Award, presented by Peace Catalyst International, an organization that equips and mobilizes Christians for collective building. peace through differences.

The award, presented at the Peacebuilding Alliance’s virtual PeaceCon conference on January 27, features a cash prize of $750 and is designed to jump-start the work of the winners and provide them with a path to life in peace in the way modeled by Rick Love, the late founder and president of Peace Catalyst International.

Lutz, a triple major in international affairs, political science, and history, focused her studies at Mercer on the role of religion in war and peace, presenting her work at conferences hosted by the International Studies Association and the Georgia Political Science Association.

He is a judge on Mercer’s Undergraduate Honors Board and a leader of several student organizations, including Bears Engaged Across Religions, Mercer International Affairs Organization, and Mercer International Mock Conference Association. Additionally, he has participated in internships with the National Council on Arab-American Relations and Churches for Peace in the Middle East.

Influenced by his Quaker faith tradition and his experiences working for interfaith cooperation in the Republic of Georgia through the Mercer On Mission program, Lutz decided to pursue a future in peacebuilding.

“I am honored to have been selected to receive the Rick Love Young Innovators Award. With the help of Peace Catalyst International, I will be able to continue developing my passion for peacebuilding into a lifelong calling,” said Lutz.

After graduating, Lutz plans to pursue her master’s and doctoral degrees. in international relations.

“JP Lutz is one of the brightest and most morally committed students I have had the pleasure of teaching. His future potential in peacebuilding is extremely promising,” said Dr. David Gushee, Emeritus University Professor of Christian Ethics, who nominated Lutz for the award.

Peace Catalyst International’s goal is to model peacebuilding in local contexts and help Christians understand their neighbours, connect with them across differences, and ultimately collaborate with them to build communities. where everyone can thrive.

Love founded Peace Catalyst and has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to peacebuilding, courageously crossing social, political and ideological divides and inviting others to do the same.

To honor his legacy, advance his vision, and uplift more peacemakers like him, Peace Catalyst created the Rick Love Peace Awards and presented the first Rick Love Peace Awards and Rick Love Young Innovators in Peacebuilding Awards in 2022. These prestigious awards honor those who creatively cross divides to build peace, demonstrating the same character and courage as Love.

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