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Rev. Parks receives award

The Rev. Hilda A. Parks, pastor of Federated Church, was awarded the Jeanne Audrey Powers Award for Ecumenism at the 2010 session of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The award, named for a retired clergy member of the Conference who served with the wider church in areas of ecumenical work, is presented to individuals or groups who carry roles of leadership in ecumenism in the state of Minnesota.

Among other ecumenical work, Rev. Parks has lead a Task Force of the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church in western Minnesota, which trains lay persons to serve local churches through the Leadership Development for Ministry Program. She has also taught courses on Worship and Sacraments, and Preaching for the program.