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UCC Media Justice Update

Wally Bowen's 2015 Parker Lecture Remarks

I'm so honored to receive this award from the United Church of Christ, a faith community I have long admired for its commitment to social justice and for its pioneering work in the field of media reform. I am especially grateful that the McGannon Award, for the first time, is recognizing rural folk as a class of citizens underrepresented in mainstream media. This award also has special meaning for me because my work has been supported and inspired by my own faith community, Jubilee, in Asheville, North Carolina. One of the inspirational lessons from Jubilee I have carried with me for the last 25 years is this guidance on finding your true calling from the theologian Frederick Buechner: "Your true vocation is found in that place where your deep gladness meets the world 's deep hunger." It has been my good fortune to have found that place of true vocation in my work through the Mountain Area Information Network these past 20 years. On behalf of the rural citizens for whom we advocated, thank you again for this award affirming this work.

-Wally Bowen

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