Colleagues Mourn Justice Advocate

Beth Adamson received an Award for Global Service from the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations in 2015. | Mary Frances Schjonberg | Episcopal News Service |

Colleagues and supporters have paid tribute to Beth Adamson, a leading advocate of justice for women within the Anglican Communion.

Adamson, a Methodist who worked for the Episcopal Church, died Aug. 12 in a hospital where she was receiving treatment for serious injuries caused by an accident two weeks earlier.

For several years she led the Episcopal Church’s campaigning at the United Nations and helped to organize delegations to the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meetings in New York.

“Beth has touched so many people with her passion, determination, wisdom and joyful heart,” said Canon Terrie Robinson, the Anglican Communion’s director for women in church and society. “Through her faith-filled and tireless work at the U.N. and with Anglican delegations to UNCSW, there are women and girls the world over who have been inspired and energized by her to be strong champions for gender equality, even in the most difficult circumstances.”

Lynnia Main, the Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations, said Adamson was “beloved by so many.”

“I can hardly think of any person with more light, joy, smiles, smarts, energy, kindness and love for God and others than Beth,” she said. “Some light has gone out of my life, all of our lives, with her passing.”

In 2015, Adamson was presented with an Award for Global Service in recognition of her work to strengthen Anglican women’s presence at the UNCSW. The award was created to honor volunteer service that furthers the work of the Anglican Communion through the U.N. Office.

Adapted from ACNS


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