22 Elizabeth Meadows (right), St. Paul’s Lutheran

Elizabeth Meadows has been a tireless advocate, faithful volunteer, and energizing presence in our ministries of worship, compassionate care, and justice/peace-making. A member of St. Paul’s for over 20 years, Elizabeth, through the Interfaith Action Advocacy group, used her gifts to lead St. Paul’s support of Evanston’s expanded Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, to call for more citizen accountability with the Evanston Police Department, and to promote more affordable housing in Evanston. She volunteers for the Interfaith Action Sunday Soup Kitchen meal at St. Paul’s, the Emergency Overnight Shelter, and recently participated in the Winter Gathering by sharing her passion for music and congregational singing. Almost every week, Elizabeth shares her gift of music by playing the oboe in worship. She is also often behind the scenes providing comfort and care through the Knitting, Life Together, and Green Team ministries.

After participating in a cross-cultural bible and book study with Fisher Memorial AME Zion Church in early 2016, Elizabeth answered a call to increase racial justice in her church, community, and workplace. As a teacher of teachers, Elizabeth proposed expanded leadership opportunities for students of color.

At St. Paul’s, she advocated for a new racial justice ministry and leads group discussions on civil rights, reparations/reconciliation, white privilege, and racial justice. In Evanston, she volunteered, as well as led others to volunteer, for The Freedom School at Friendship Baptist Church. We are pleased to recognize Elizabeth’s gifts of vision, leadership, compassion and advocacy with this award and thankful for the support of her husband David Greenfield and daughter, Zoe Alden Meadows Greenfield.