The Rt. Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon and Jim Lehrer will receive the Faith and Freedom Award according to Episcopal News Service:
Interfaith Alliance announced Sept. 26 that the 2011 Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award will be presented Nov. 13 to the Rt. Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon, the second woman to be elected bishop in the Episcopal Church, and Public Broadcasting Service anchor Jim Lehrer.
The awards will be presented at a gala dinner in New York City, according to a press release.
"Jim Lehrer and Jane Holmes Dixon represent the best of what Walter Cronkite stood for as one of the most respected journalists of his time and as a citizen of this country deeply committed to protecting religious freedom," the Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, Interfaith Alliance president, said in the release.
Gaddy said Dixon "has been a trailblazer within her own church, opening doors for women and members of” the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community “and demonstrating compassionate inclusion in her ministry." Dixon is a past chair of organization's board and member of its staff, and Gaddy said her "impact on this organization and on the nation cannot be overstated."