Our Rev. Phillips Gets National Award
Schenectady’s Reverend Larry Phillips recently received The Reverends Betsy M. and Thomas R. Davis Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes members of the religious community whose support of Planned Parenthood reflects the teachings of their faiths.
Rev. Phillips accepted the award on March 19 in Washington, D.C. at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Clergy Advisory Board’s national conference.
Larry’s wife, Faye joined him at the event. Faye Phillips has worked for PPMH’s development department for nearly 25 years.
In the words of colleague Rabbi Dennis Ross, “Larry has tremendous courage, strength -- and modesty. He is one wonderful guy.”
Rev.Pastor is pastor of the Emmanuel Friedens Church in Schenectady. He is a vocal leader for reproductive rights and social justice and a friend and supporter of PPMH for 26 years. He has served as a patient escort, reproductive rights activist lobbying state and national elected officials, featured speaker, writer, and so much more.
In 2008 he received a PPMH “Giraffe Award” which recognizes individuals who ‘stick their necks out’ for women’s reproductive rights.
Despite threats, Rev. Phillips courageously stands up for choice and stands by PPMH. After he performed a public blessing of PPMH’s new Schenectady center in 2007, he received over 300 emails, phone calls, and letters — from around the world — harshly criticizing his support of Planned Parenthood.
Later, his church was the target of over 30 anti-choice protestors who tried to disrupt the Sunday worship service. They failed.
Other organizations have recognized Rev.Phillips’ commitment to social justice. Last year Family Planning Advocates of New York gave Larry The Beatrice Blair Courageous Service Award. In 2003, Larry was named ALLY of the Year by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
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