The Courage of Conscience Award has been presented to deserving individuals and organizations worldwide for their various peace and humanitarian activism. On this page, we take pride in giving recognition to these extraordinary practitioners of the moral authority of nonviolence for their noble advocacies. The following are the honorees of the award from 1988 to 2022.
A priest and the founding producer of Paulist Productions for creating the films Romero – The Life of Archbishop Oscar Romero and Entertaining Angels – The Life of Dorothy Day.
A Quaker, pacifist, and executive director of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee for his work to expose human rights violations in El Salvador and to promote peace throughout Central America.
A priest and author for his book Romero – The Life of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Martyr of El Salvador.
A musical trio and political activists for their commitment to peace in Central America and for supporting musically and personally the peace and social justice movement in America.
Secular humanist and pacifist for his tenacious and impassioned leadership as a conscientious objector during WW I & II, Korea, Vietnam and conflicts in Central America and elsewhere in the world.
Buddhist monk, humanitarian, spiritual teacher, and exiled leader of Tibet for his example of compassion and forgiveness following the massacre of his people and culture by the occupying army of China.
Catholic nun, humanitarian and spiritual teacher for her work with the Missionaries of Charity serving the poorest of the poor in India and throughout the world.
Exiled Vietnamese Buddhist monk, humanitarian, author, ethical vegetarian, and spiritual teacher for his example of compassion and forgiveness following the destructive war in Vietnam.
Singer, environmentalist, and political activist for his musical contribution to the peace movement and for being a friend to those who struggle against injustice, exploitation, and neglect.
Pacifist and Catholic Worker activist for his witness and commitment to the disarmament movement and his efforts to bring the Catholic Church into alignment with its highest calling.
Muslim, educator, and activist for carrying on the peacemaking legacy of her soldier-turned-peacemaker father, Anwar Sadat.
Catholic educators, pacifists, authors, and co-founders of the Institute for Peace and Justice for their extraordinary commitment to teaching and spreading peace.
Pediatrician, ethical vegetarian, socialist, and author for his lifelong commitment to disarmament and peaceable child-rearing.
Scholar, teacher, and Catholic pacifist for his lifelong commitment to the ideals of non-violence and conscientious objection and for his work with the Second Vatican Council to make the Catholic Church a church of peace.
Former Attorney General and peace and social justice activist for his commitment to civil rights, his opposition to war and military spending, and his dedication to providing legal representation to the peace movement, particularly, his efforts to free Leonard Peltier.
Singer, song-writer, and political activist for his life and his music that carry on the legacy of his minstrel father, Woody Guthrie. Presented at Harvard University September 26, 1992.
Peace activists and co-founders of The House of Hope International Peace Center in Israel for their work to bring Muslims, Jews, and Christians together in the struggle against voices of extremism and blind hatred throughout the region.
Pacifist, ethical vegetarian, political satirist, and child welfare activist for his work to expose situations that exploit people in the developing world and children here in America.
Muslim, humanitarian, anti-war activist, and former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World for his commitment to peacemaking and his leadership as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War.
Mayan leader and author for her personal sacrifices and unrelenting commitment to expose human rights violations against indigenous people in Guatemala and throughout Latin America.
Animal rights activists, vegans, and co-founders of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for their pioneering work to expose cruelty to animals and to promote vegetarianism.