“…like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft…”
Deut. 32:11 (NIV)
The Mother Eagle Award was established in 2017 to honor the women who have taken the lead in courageously advocating for LGBTQIA equality in Christianity. Its purpose is to express gratitude and to ensure their stories are known and their sacrifices remembered.
The annual award is jointly presented by Christian Feminism Today and The Gay Christian Network.
Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, author and Christian LGBTQIA activist, was selected as the first recipient of the award. The official award presentation took place during the GCN WomenConnect retreat at the Gay Christian Network Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, on January 5, 2017.
Though Mollenkott, 84, was unable to travel to accept the Mother Eagle award in person, a videotaped acceptance speech (below) was created and played during the GCN WomenConnect retreat.
Read coverage of the 2017 Gay Christian Network Conference on the Where She Is blog on this website.