His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was among the distinguished religious and civic leaders who attended the Appeal of Conscience Foundation’s 2002 Annual Awards Dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel here on Tuesday, October 1.
At the dinner, the Right Honorable Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada, received the Appeal of Conscience World Statesman Award, while Carleton S. Fiorina, Chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company, was presented with the Appeal of Conscience Award.
Founded in 1965 by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation works on behalf of religious freedom and human rights throughout the world. The interfaith coalition of business and religious leaders promotes mutual understanding, peace and tolerance in newly emerging democracies and provides a voice of conscience to protect minorities at a time of increasing ethnic conflict in many regions of the world. The Foundation believes that freedom, democracy and human rights are the fundamental values that give nations of the world their best hope for peace, security and shared prosperity.
Also attending the dinner were numerous Religious, Government and Business Leaders along with the Protopresbyter Robert Kondratick, OCA Chancellor, and the Very Rev. Leonid Kishkovsky, OCA Ecumenical Officer and an honorary co-chair for the dinner.
Past Appeal of Conscience Award recipients include His Holiness, Patriarch Aleksy II of Moscow; His Eminence, Archbishop Iakovos, retired Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America; and His Holiness, Vasken I, Armenian Apostolic Catholicos.