The Bishop Barbara C. Harris Award
The Rev. Ema Rosero-Nordalm
The Reverend Ema Rosero-Nordalm is an inspiring example of a tireless servant leader who with love, joy, and humility serves Latino and English-speaking communities..
Her vocation prior to being ordained was as an educator. She taught Spanish language and culture at schools and universities in Boston before she joined the faculty of the Foreign/Modern Languages Department at Boston University for twenty-two years. She carries this vocation into her diaconal ministry where, as an instrument of the Holy Spirit, she inspires individuals and communities to taste and see God's infinite love and compassion.
Ema was the first Latina Missioner for the diocese of MA. As an Episcopal Deacon she helped to plant Nuevo Amanecer, a Latino Ministry at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Boston MA and Latinos Episcopales of The Episcopal Church, Ema has empowered Latino communities in this country and in Latin America creating women´s ministries, offering training in leadership, in racial reconciliation, and on the art of group facilitation using Paulo Freire´s popular education methodology.
Latinos share an expression: “Sí se puede”. Ema uses this expression as a loving yet fiery invitation to act with conviction in the pursuit of justice. For Ema this means love through action in a local community - she has invited people to act across the country, in Panamá, and the dioceses of Province IX: Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, The Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
Deacon Ema deeply admires her role model, Bishop Barbara Harris. She learned from Bishop Harris how to fight for what is right on behalf of underrepresented communities. They both take every opportunity to advance the leadership of those they serve and to bring people together to experience God´s presence, individually and as part of the one body of Christ. Ema experiences that joy in her present role as a mentor for the Episcopal City Mission’s Prophetic Listening program.
The Robert W. Tobin Award
Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network - BIJAN
The Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN - pronounced 'beyond') is a network of faith communities, individuals and other activist groups working to reduce the escalating harm of our immigration system in the current political context.
We are all volunteers and we work closely with immigrant communities and immigrant-led organizations to support those impacted by our racist immigration system.
We provide accompaniment, which can include support in court or at ICE check-ins, legal referrals, fundraising for bond or legal fees, letters of support from the community, rides for families to visit loved ones in detention, and logistical assistance with paperwork or bond payments. We also help with housing, transportation, and other immediate needs of people released on bond who have no other resources in the community.
As an accompaniment network, we take action only in response to requests from those in need of support, or their representatives (family, attorneys, etc.) We don’t make promises, but we are good at trying very hard. These are our values in this work:
We honor people's dignity and choices in a system that denies dignity and choice.
We expect messiness, confusion, and discomfort, and we also choose courage and trust.
We judge the system, not people.
We fight for one another as family, because we are
The Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE Award
Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester
Parish of the Epiphany is a welcoming Episcopal community, united in God, called to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to transform our world through love and generosity. Epiphany has had a long history of a commitment to social justice. In reaction to the present administration’s vilification of immigrants and insistence on separating families, a sizable group of lay people have joined with other faith communities to attend prayer vigils at the ICE facilities in Boston and Burlington. We have led several of these vigils and encouraged members of the wider community to participate. Many members of the parish have taken training to be companions to the guest who is in sanctuary at the First Parish in Bedford. We developed a 5-week adult formation series on the history, current status, and theology of immigration justice. It is very moving to see how Christ’s mandate to companion the stranger has transformed our lives. People of all ages have seen their faith in the living Christ renewed and feel deep connections to our immigrant brothers and sisters. This work of justice has strengthened our community and brought us all closer together and closer to the heart of God.