United Church earns national award

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By The Staff

As 2008 came to an end, the United Church of Los Alamos held not only a special place in the community, but a special place in the millennium as well. The church was recently selected to receive one of 15 awards presented nationwide from Church World Service.

The award comes in conjunction with taking part in national and world projects, like disaster relief as well as local activities like the Crop Walk. Church World Service Regional Director Art Ziemann made the recognition.

Ziemann said the United Church was one of “35 participating denominations or communions with tens of thousands of congregations.” These congregations represent 80 countries and the United Church of Los Alamos has been a member for 62 years.

Ziemann said many wait for a disaster to strike and then respond to a particular event. When many events take place in a short amount of time, a wear and tear begins to take place on the infrastructure of individual churches.

The work of Church World Service, of which the United Church is a charter member, is dedicated to making sure that even when large numbers of disasters take place, no one is left out.

Only one church in the Rocky Mountain region was recognized with the millennium award, created in 2007, for exemplary support. Ziemann oversees the region which includes; Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

Ziemann finds the message he can now carry for the region inspiring, is “the honor I feel to have the Rocky Mountain region represented by UNCHLA’s membership in the new millennium society,” said Ziemann.

The United Church is a multi-denominational congregation located at 2525 Canyon Road.