The Revd Donald Reeves, Director of the Soul of Europe and a former Rector of St James Piccadilly has been awarded the Tschelebi-Peace Award for fostering good relations between the Abrahamic faiths.
The Muhammad-Nafi-Chelebi Peace Prize (Mohammad Nafi Chelebi Award) is a prize for the promotion of dialogue between religions, traditions and cultures, especially between the Abrahamic faiths of Jews, Christians and Muslims. The name commemorates the 1933 deceased Muhammad Nafi Chelebi , a Syrian citizen living in Berlin and founder of the Islamic Institute in Berlin 1927th The prize is not endowed and awarded annually since the late 90s in the fall in Soest awarded to non-Muslims.
The MNT Award recognizes people who strive for peace, by reporting objectively about Islam worldwide, representing intra-Islamic discourses and developments that encourage conversations between Jews, Christians and Muslims, and thus contribute to the many obstacles in reduce co-existence of people of different religions and backgrounds. Such obstacles can be political aims, according to the prize donors, but they can also be mere ignorance of each other is based.
The Tschelebi-Peace Award is part of the Zentralinstitut Islam-Archiv, Soest, the oldest Islamic organisation in Germany; and on the jury of the Peace Award Muslims, Jews and Christians decide together. It is given each year to a German non-Muslim active person as well as to an NGO involved in active dialogue, and each second year – as in 2010 – three-fold: a national award, an international award and a group-award.
This year the National Award has been given to Konrad Raiser, former General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, and the Group Award to the House of Religions in Hanover.
Revd Donald Reeves is this years’ International Peace Award recipient. There is no money connected with the award. The award has a world wide reputation and those who receive it are recognized as Tschelebi-Friedenspreisträger/Peace Awardee.