Greg Mortenson, author and cofounder of the Central Asia Institute, has been chosen as the 2010 recipient of the Community of Christ International Peace Award.

Greg Mortenson, author and cofounder of the Central Asia Institute, has been chosen as the 2010 recipient of the Community of Christ International Peace Award.

The award is the main event during the Community of Christ’s annual Peace Colloquy, which begins Oct. 29. The award has been given since 1993 and ranks among the highest of nongovernmental international and U.S. peace awards. In addition to the award, Mortenson will receive a $20,000 grant that will benefit the Central Asia Institute.

This year’s Peace Colloquy theme is “Children Cry, We Respond.”

Mortenson, who now lives in Montana, is best known as the co-author of “Three Cups of Tea,” a book that follows Mortenson as he attempts to climb Pakistan’s K2 Mountain. After becoming sick, he finds help in the Pakistani village of Korphe. As a way to repay the villagers for their kindness and help, he promises to build a school and subsequently forms the Central Asia Institute. The Pennies for Peace program, which is inspired by “Three Cups of Tea,” works to raise money to help children read, write and learn one penny at a time.

In addition to the Peace Colloquy, Mortenson will host a student assembly for students of all grade levels at the Community of Christ Auditorium. The free event is from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 29. However, many schools are not in session that day, so students out of school are asked to register individually.

Registration is required. Contact jhicks@CofChrist.org or call 816-833-1000, ext. 2224 with name, where student group is from, grade levels of students and an e-mail or postal mail address to send a confirmation letter.

During the assembly, Mortenson will discuss his experiences building schools in remote areas of both Pakistan and Afghanistan. Parents and guardians are welcome to bring students to the presentations.