Pastors of East Liberty Presbyterian Church have been honored with the Dignity & Respect Champaign award for their work in the East End community.
The church has long been called the “Cathedral of Hope” and its pastors strive to be a beacon of compassion and hospitality to all people. Reverend Dr. Randy Bush serves as the church’s senior pastor. He, along with his fellow pastors Rev. Patrice Fowler-Searcey, Rev. Heather Schoenwolf, and Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, have endeavors to create an environment where everyone is welcomed and valued regardless of race, culture, ability, socioeconomic status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Nicole Molinaro Karaczun, who nominated Rev. Bush for this honor, said, “The pastors at East Liberty Presbyterian Church don’t just say the words inclusion and diversity; they breathe life into them with behavior and action. The church consistently works to advance issues around social and economic justice, making sure all people are included and cared for. I love attending a church that welcomes everybody and advocates for all people to live with equality, justice and love.”
When asked what we can do better as a society to assure all people are included and differences are valued, Rev. Bush said, “Every church billboard may say ‘all are welcome,’ but that isn’t always apparent in the actions of the congregation. We rejoice in welcoming all people here at ELPC.”