The Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago will
present the Interreligious Leadership Award to three distinguished individuals:
His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, Rabbi Herman Schaalman, and Ilene Shaw,
in recognition of their unique contributions to interreligious relations in the
This inaugural event will take place on Thursday, June 19 with
a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the law firm of Jenner & Block, 353 N.
Clark Street, Chicago.
His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago,
has actively served as a member of the CRLMC since 1997. During his ministry he
has emphasized the positive role of religion in American life, service to the
community and promoted interreligious dialogue.
Rabbi Herman Schaalman, a long-standing and dedicated member
of the CRLMC, has devoted his life to promoting interfaith understanding and
dialogue. Through his work in educational, civic and religious organizations,
he has become one of the most respected rabbis to serve Chicago’s Jewish
Ilene Shaw, under the auspices of the CRLMC, has made
possible the production of an InterFaith Calendar featuring 17 different faith
traditions describing their basic tenets, beliefs and observances. The calendar
is recognized nationally as an excellent vehicle to promote interfaith
understanding and respect.
CRLMC, a non-profit
organization, is comprised of the head religious leadership of practically every
religious tradition in the broader Chicago area, representing nearly six
million people. Through its work, the CRLMC speaks with a unified moral voice
on the issues of the day, creates a climate of better interfaith understanding
and cooperation, and participates in programs which advance its work.