February 20, 2014

Jewish Community Relations Council to Honor SLU Leader

Paul Stark, S.J.
Paul Stark, S.J., has been recognized for his strong support of interfaith initiatives at SLU and in the St. Louis community. Photo by Michelle Peltier

ST. LOUIS - Paul Stark, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry at Saint Louis University, is one of this year's recipients of the Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award.

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) established the award in 1989 to recognize leaders in St. Louis who have made significant contributions to interfaith understanding, intergroup relations and social justice.

At SLU, Stark is charged with upholding the University's Catholic, Jesuit mission and identity. Since his appointment in 2011, he has been noted for his strong support of interfaith initiatives, both on campus and in the community.

He helped the JCRC's Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations develop programming around the 2012 election and has served as a keynote speaker for two Passover Seders that spotlighted the oppression of hunger and poverty. Stark also is a member of the steering committee that plans the annual 9/11 Interfaith Memorial event in St. Louis.

"As part of the larger SLU community, I am honored to accept this award from the JCRC, re-emphasizing the University tradition of reaching out for unity among people of faith," Stark said. "I am grateful to the JCRC for this recognition, and for all they do to advance understanding and peace, all deriving from faith."

Stark will receive the Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award during a 75th anniversary celebration of the JCRC, which will be held Wednesday, April 30, at the Danforth Plant and Science Center. Paul Reuter, executive director of Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, will be honored this year as well.

About the Jewish Community Relations Council

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, works within the Jewish and broader communities in St. Louis to enhance cooperation with other religious, racial, ethnic, and civic groups; foster a just, democratic and pluralistic society; and promote the security of Israel and Jews everywhere. Guided by Jewish values, the JCRC advocates, educates, collaborates and mobilizes action on issues important to the Jewish community.

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