Donate to the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in Honor of Melinda Thompson

On October 21, 2017, we will honor Melinda Thompson at this dinner with the fourth annual Barstow-Driver Award for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement. Buy tickets here. If you cannot attend, please make a donation in Melinda's honor using the form below. You may also choose to become an event sponsor.

A life-long Presbyterian, Melinda Thompson has been a teacher, lawyer, chaplain and activist to end the Occupation of the Palestinian people. She served as executive director of Partners for Peace in Washington DC, where she led two groups of Jerusalem Women on speaking tours around the US. After that she led two groups from Wesley Seminary to Israel/Palestine to learn about conditions there and avenues to support a nonviolent and just resolution of the persistent conflict, now five decades old.

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, University of Maryland School of Law and Wesley Seminary, Melinda was a member of the Oaklands Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MD for nearly 40 years. She is an ordained Presbyterian elder and served as a delegate to National Capital Presbytery and the 2012 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. She serves on the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship’s Challenging Racism Working Group, the Middle East Working Group, and the PPF Endowment Fund, working to keep the fund occupation-free and fossil-free. Her special interest is to encourage young adults to learn about and become involved in nonviolent work to end the Occupation of Palestine. Now a member of Seaford Presbyterian Church in Seaford, DE, Melinda serves on the Newcastle Presbytery Committee on Ministry.

Named for long-time nonviolence advocates Anne Barstow and Tom Driver, the annual award recognizes the unique contribution that retirees can make to a more just and peaceful world. Contact Emily Brewer at with questions.

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