This year’s winner of the Community of Christ International Peace Award is an author and a co-founder of the Central Asia Institute.

This year’s winner of the Community of Christ International Peace Award is an author and a co-founder of the Central Asia Institute.

The award is going to Greg Mortenson, author of the best-selling “Three Cups of Tea” and, more recently, “Stones into Schools.” He is the executive director of the Central Asia Institute, which focuses on education – particularly for girls – in Afghanistan and northern Pakistan.

The award is presented Oct. 29 at the Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence. Mortenson is scheduled to talk about his experiences. The event is free and open to the public.

The ceremony begins the 17th annual Peace Colloquy, which this year has the theme “Children Cry, We Respond!” There is a focus on children worldwide suffering from war, poverty, malnutrition and slavery as well as the difficulties they face in getting clean water and air, shelter, education and medical care.

The weekend includes workshops, speakers, a prayer retreat, a children’s program and a junior/senior high retreat.  

Past winners of the Peace Award include Marian Wright Edelman of the  Children’s Defense Fund, environmentalist and primate researcher Jane Goodall, and restorative justice advocate Howard Zehr.