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4th Annual Awards Dinner




An evening of celebration, awards, dinner
and conversation.

Scarritt-Bennett Center - Laskey Great Hall
1008 19th Avenue South,
Nashville, Tennessee 37212

Silent auction at 6:30pm · Dinner at 7:00pm


Viki Matson and Trudy Stringer
Director and Associate Director of Field Education, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Friend of Scarritt-Bennett Award

Lois Dauway
Retired General Board of Global Ministries
Ann L. Reskovac Courage Award

Deaconess Betty Purkey Scarritt College '70
Program Coordinator, Latino Institute of Pastoral Care

Scarritt-Bennett Legacy Award

Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Faith Voices for the Common Good
Belle Harris Bennett Vision Award


Individual Tickets: $50
Table: $400 for seating of 8
VIP Table: $1000 for seating of 8

With special musical guests

Nashville In Harmony


RSVP: Doris Stewart: 615-340-7543, dstewart@scarrittbennett.org
or online here.

Download invite (pdf)


Items include...

Copley acoustic guitar signed by
Grammy Award winning, hit singer/songwriter,
Alan Jackson

One night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn

Massage by BELVA

and more!



Lois DauwayLois McCullough Dauway has spent a life time pursuing racial and gender inclusiveness in the church and in society.  Her ecumenical commitments have taken her to more than 100 countries.  She was moderator of the World Council of Churches Program Committee and served as a member of the WCC’s policy-making Central Committee.  In 2009 she was recipient of the National Council of Churches’ prestigious J. Irwin Miller award (named for the NCC’s first lay president), having served as Assistant General Secretary of the NCC for Justice and Liberation with an emphasis on concerns of persons living in developing nations.

She retired from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in 2010 after more than thirty five years of service in a variety of capacities including Community Developer in the African American community of Boston, Secretary of Mission Personnel, eleven years as the GBGM Women’s Division Christian Social Responsibility unit head, interim Deputy General Secretary of the Women’s Division, and interim Deputy General Secretary for Mission and Evangelism of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.  Prior to retirement from GBGM Lois served on the Scarritt-Bennett Center Board of Directors. Her early-life years of service were with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the Massachusetts State Department of Education.

Betty PurkeyBetty Purkey, a commissioned Deaconess, has served the United Methodist Church for forty years.  After graduating Hiawassee College and Scarritt College, she began twenty five years of mission service as a Church and Community Worker with the General Board of Global Ministries.  Her local community assignments included the Upper Sand Mountain Parish in north Alabama comprised of ten United Methodist churches of small membership in a heavily populated rural area, the Robeson County Church and Community Center in a tri-racial community of North Carolina focused on the self-development and self-empowerment of people, and the Scott County Church and Community Renewal Project in Virginia with an  ecumenical cluster of more than twenty four churches in central Appalachia.

At two points during these forty years Betty said ‘yes’ to serving the United Methodist Church at the national level through the Board of Global Ministries.  For six years in the 1980’s she was the Executive Secretary of the Office of Church and Community Ministry, with responsibility for the approximately forty-five Church and Community Workers and their projects.  From 1994 to 2003 Betty served as the Executive Secretary of the Deaconess Program Office and Mission Personnel Services with responsibility for both active and retired Deaconesses and Home Missionaries; then continued one more year as a consultant.  From that time to the present she is Program Coordinator, Latino Institute of Pastoral Care in New York City, with responsibility for coordinating training events for church and community leaders, administrative tasks such as fundraising and grant proposals, and giving hands-on assistance with homeless and low-income individuals.

Rev. Rita Nakashima BrockRev. Rita Nakashima Brock is the founding director of “Faith Voices for the Common Good”, an interfaith effort focused on the public role of progressive religion, where she most recently chaired the Steering Committee for the Truth Commission on Conscience in War and is organizing The Soul Repair Project to heal moral injury in veterans.  A native of Fukuoka, Japan, who as a young child left Japan with her family, she became the first Asian American woman ever to earn a doctorate in theology and the first ever to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion.  Rev. Brock was a founding member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.  She taught religion and women’s studies over a span of twenty years at a number of colleges and universities, prior to her years at Harvard University where she directed the Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. 

Among her many books receiving outstanding awards was her first, “Journeys By Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power”, the first book in Asian American feminist theology ever published.  She co-authored with Susan Thistlethwaite the first comprehensive feminist theological study of the sex industry, “Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States; with Rebecca Parker a major work in feminist narrative theology “Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us”; and also with Rebecca Parker “Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire”, selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the best books of 2008.  She has authored numerous essays and is widely sought as lecturer around the world by theological schools, training programs, conferences and churches.  Since 1989 she has served as selector and mentor for the United Methodist Women of Color Scholars Program, and was president of Disciples Peace Fellowship.

Viki MatsonViki Matson has served as Director of Field Education for Vanderbilt Divinity School since 1996.  The heart of her work is helping students gain the capacity for theological reflection on the practice of religious leadership in its various forms today.  This role calls her to be a ‘bridge’ between students and various ministry sites in the city.  Prior to  this position she served as Chaplain at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville for eleven years. Viki received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Divinity degrees from Phillips University in Oklahoma.  She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Viki’s many leadership contributions include the boards of directors of Penuel Ridge Retreat Center, Interfaith Alliance, Prison/Community Partnership, Nashville CARES, The Pastoral Center for Healing and the Ryan White Foundation.  Currently she serves on the boards of The Nashville Food Project, the St. Thomas CPE partnership Professional Advisory Group and the Veteran’s Administration CPE Professional Advisory group.  She has held leadership positions in the professional guild for Field Educators, The Association for Theological Field Education, and mentors people entering this field.

Trudy Hawkins StringerTrudy Hawkins Stringer was born and reared in a deeply Methodist extended family in Mississippi during segregation and the civil rights movement. Close relatives were serving as missionaries in Brazil and St. Louis; local congregations were not escaping the struggles of the movement; thus in that context of time and place her critical consciousness was awakened to ask the hard questions of identity, inclusion, exclusion and what it means to pray for God’s ‘kin-dom’ to come and will be done on earth.   She was led ultimately to Vanderbilt Divinity School to continue the privilege of wrestling with questions of what the church is called to be/do, and God’s justice in the face of unjust human systems. 

This journey of study led to ordination as an Elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, the first woman in her family to do so.  During thirteen years as Chaplain at Centennial Medical Center she served patients, families and staff in a ministry-shaping experience.  She is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Ministry at Vanderbilt Divinity School, a position which allows her to work with students, congregations and the wider community as they wrestle with the complex and messy intersections of theology and practice. Trudy is also Associate Director of Field Education. Of particular interest are the global perspectives and redemptive possibilities in forming relationships across cultural and geographic boundaries; and the sustaining transformative practice of women’s spirituality within feminist, womanist, mjujerista, Latina, Asian, and African contexts.