Fourth Annual Barstow-Driver Award Banquet

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Melinda ThompsonHonoring Melinda Thompson of Washington DC and Delaware for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement

Location: Peter Marshall Hall at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW Washington DC 20005

Reception: 6:00 PM
Dinner & Program: 7:00 PM

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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. 


Denise Anderson

Keynote Speaker Rev. Denise Anderson, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly, PCUSA

Keynote: "From Bethlehem to Baltimore: Resolute Nonviolence in Discouraging Times"
Rev. Anderson is co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as pastor at Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, Maryland. As co-moderators, she and Jan Edmiston are leading the PC(USA) into deep and challenging conversations, particularly around racial justice and white supremacy through denomination-wide book studies, speaking, praying, and writing. She has traveled widely in her role as co-moderator and has most recently returned from a delegation to Syria.

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Parking Information

There is no parking at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, but there are two public lots nearby:
  • 1 block east is Green City Parking (1212 New York Ave, but the entrance to the garage is on H street NW). Parking is $10 until midnight, no reservations needed. 
  • 1 block north of the church is Colonial Parking Lot 71 (1333 H St. NW). It costs $11 to park after 5 p.m. You don't need a reservation, but you can make one here
If you're coming from outside of Washington, D.C. there is also free parking on the weekends at Metro stations with parking lots. More information about locations of parking lots at Metro stations can be found here.

Hotel Information

There are several options within walking distance of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, including the Hilton Garden Inn. However, there are much more affordable options outside of the city center. We recommend you find a hotel near a metro line that is convenient to where you’re traveling from. The closest metro station to the church is the Metro Center Station on the blue, silver, red, and orange lines. For example: