The Rev. Matthew Smith, pastor of The Table in Sacramento, has been awarded a $10,000 Beatitudes Fellowship from The Beatitudes Society.
Smith is one of eight emerging faith leaders from across the United States selected for the annual award.
The yearlong Fellowship equips a select group of new entrepreneurial faith leaders with the resources and relationships that empower them to create new models for church and the pursuit of social justice.
"We are delighted that Matthew is one of our game-changing new leaders'" says The Rev. Anne Howard, Executive Director of The Beatitudes Society. "We are working toward the day when we will see a thriving nationwide web of courageous, authentic, innovative faith leaders and their communities who are engaged in the public square on behalf of inclusion, compassion, and the common good, and Matthew will be a vital part of that network."
Also Brave Preacher Award applications are still open for the 2012 award honoring prophetic preaching. Deadline to apply is June 1. This year's theme is violence. Sermons will be considered with attention to the preacher's context, content, craft and connection to scripture, least of not which is the seventh beatitude "blessed are the peacemakers, for they will called the children of God." (Matt.5:9) Click here for more details.