A panel of leaders from a broad spectrum of faith communities has selected Aquinas Institute of Theology Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology, Carla Mae Streeter, O.P., to receive Congregation Temple Israel’s Malachi Award for Interfaith Relations and Understanding. This honor recognizes the importance of interfaith cooperation in the St. Louis area.
“Carla Mae Streeter was the unanimous choice of our Malachi Award Committee,” said Amy Feder, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Temple Israel.
The honor and $5,000 award will be presented during a special Shabbat worship service at Temple Israel celebrating interfaith understanding and social justice at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.
“I’m very amazed and very delighted with this award, and will hopefully use the funds to create a fund to benefit people in theological study,” said Streeter.
Carla Mae is a Dominican of the Congregation of Catherine of Siena in Racine, Wisconsin. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Dominican College in Racine, master’s degrees from St. John University in Collegeville, Minn., and Regis College in Toronto, Canada, and a doctoral degree from Regis College. In 2008, she celebrated her 50th jubilee as a Racine Dominican sister. She was co-recipient of the first Jean-Marc Laporte Scholarship Award for academic excellence, and the first woman to complete a theological doctorate at Regis. Her specialty is the thought of the Canadian Aquinas scholar Bernard Lonergan, as that thought provides a framework for the dialogue of theology with other disciplines, and with other religious traditions.
In addition to teaching theology and spirituality at Aquinas Institute, Carla Mae is active in numerous ecumenical and interfaith efforts, including the Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (ITEST).
“We congratulate Carla Mae, and thank her for all that she does to foster understanding and mutual respect here in the mid-Mississippi valley,” said Aquinas Institute President Rev. Seán Charles Martin, M.A., S.T.L., S.T.D.
Billie Mayo, Ed.D., a member of the Baha’i faith and Vice President of the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis Board, wrote in her letter of nomination: “She is truly a person who ‘walks’ her ‘talk’ in that she is constantly engaged in actions that promote unity in diversity.”
The public is invited to attend this evening of prayer and music centered on the themes of religious freedom and social justice, followed by an oneg Shabbat dessert reception in honor of Streeter. Congregation Temple Israel is located at #1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr., at the corner of Ladue and Spoede Roads in Creve Coeur. If you are able to attend, kindly RSVP to Sydney Masin at Temple Israel, 314-432-8050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Malachi Award was established and endowed in 1986 by Temple Israel members Jack and Ellen Deutsch to honor the 100th anniversary of Temple Israel’s founding. The award was established “to encourage the religious sector to take a firmer role in leading and guiding toward mutual respect, understanding, and love.” The recipient’s name is also inscribed on the Malachi Interfaith Award recognition piece on permanent display at Temple Israel. This will mark just the 13th time that the award has been conferred.