WINNIPEG—Theologians and community organizers Terry and Bev LeBlanc were honoured with the 2022 Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Pax Award on April 30. CMU president Cheryl Pauls presented the award to the LeBlancs at CMU’s graduation ceremony, during which Terry gave the commencement address. “The CMU Pax Award is presented annually in honour of a lifetime of exemplary service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society,” Pauls said. The LeBlancs are in their 50th year of marriage and, in those years, have committed themselves to constructing intercultural relationships through community education and development practices. In the late 1990s, they, along with a larger group, collaboratively created and launched the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS), an Indigenous learning community. Terry, a Mi’kmaq-Acadian, is the founding chair and current director of NAIITS. Bev works in various modes to support the development of theological capacities in the Indigenous community. Pauls said, “In generating an expansive field of Indigenous theological scholarship, Terry and Bev are vital to the reckoning and transformation happening in the church today across many global and denominational bodies.”
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Terry LeBlanc, left, the founding chair of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies, accepts the 2022 CMU Pax Award on behalf of himself and his wife Terry, from CMU president Cheryl Pauls on April 30.