FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alejandro Mora, Equality Utah
Address: 175 W. 200 South, Ste. 3001
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Southern Utah Contact: Linda Stay, Event Organizer
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Written By: Dawn McLain, Write It Up!
Equality Utah Announces Rev. Catherine Gregg of Grace Episcopal Church
2014 Excellence in Advocacy Award Winner
St. George, UT ??ª?? The Equality Utah committee for 2014 Equality Celebration is proud to announce 2014 Excellence in Advocacy Award winner, Rev. Catherine Gregg. Rev. Gregg will be honored as part of the 4th Annual Equality Celebration on May 10, 2014 at the Dixie Convention Center Garden Room. This year??ª?s event will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies Janice Brooks and keynote speaker Reverend Gene V. Robinson, IX Bishop of New Hampshire.
The evening will include a live & silent auction with works from some of the most prominent local artists, an inspirational program, Awards presentation and live entertainment. Said Linda Stay, Event Organizer, ??ª?Each year the Equality Celebration grows and we (at Equality Utah) are able to share the message of equality with our community. I truly believe that is it because of exceptional people and advocates like Catherine Gregg that we have been able to see so much success.??ª?
The award recognizes those individuals and organizations that have made contributions in the community by commitment and leadership in advocating fair and equal treatment for LGBT Utahns and their families. Nominees are submitted, reviewed and selected based on these criteria. Equality Utah is proud to announce this year??ª?s winners, Reverend Catherine Gregg of Grace Episcopal Church and Planned Parenthood of St. George.
Congratulations to Catherine, an ordained Episcopal Priest, serving as Rector of Grace Church since 2007.
About Excellence in Advocacy Award Winner Rev. Catherine Gregg:
She is a Certified Spiritual Director, a Supervisor for Spiritual Directors, and Manager of Spiritual Care at Dixie Regional Medical Center. She worked as the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program in Spirituality at Azusa Pacific University, where she pioneered and developed a Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction, and where she still serves as adjunct faculty.
In her tenure at Grace, Rev. Catherine teamed with colleagues Susan Ertel and Nicole Lee to establish L.E.A.D. (living into equality, acceptance and diversity) for the young people of Washington County to have a place to find support and discuss factual information about relationships, sexuality, rights and responsibilities that surround both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Grace Church has become known in the community as a reconciling, affirming, and inclusive place for all people to explore and grow in the spiritual dimension of their lives. Many from the church have worked with Equality Utah and other organizations to “preserve and respect the dignity of every human being.??ª?
Rev. Catherine was instrumental in establishing the Community Soup Kitchen, which serves a hot lunch at Grace Church each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to over 100 friends and neighbors in need in Washington County. She is both contemplative in her spirituality, and an activist in support of the marginalized in the community. With her leadership, Grace Church annually hosts the World AIDS Day of Remembrance, and sponsors educational events that affect the quality of life for all people in the area. Rev. Catherine and her husband Doug ??ª?fill their well??ª? in the solace and beauty of Zion Canyon, where Catherine??ª?s latest quest is to complete her Level One Sommelier Certification.
To show your support and appreciation for Rev. Gregg, please join the Equality Celebration.
Tickets are available online at:
www.equalityutah.org/equalitycelebration or by calling 801-355-3479. General Entry (5:30pm) is $89 per ticket. Special group ticket packages and sponsorship opportunities are also available online. Visit www.equalityutah.org/equalitycelebration for more information.
Equality Utah is the state??ª?s largest policy and advocacy organization working to secure equal rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Utahans and their families.