Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree Honored with 2nd Silver Lake Award

April 27, 2018
By Brian Lapis

The Silver Lake Conference Center Board of Directors is excited to announce that the Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree has been
The Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree, 2nd Annual Silver Lake Award winner.
selected as the recipient of the 2nd Annual Silver Lake Award. The board will present the award at the Silver Lake Award Celebration, A Garden Party Honoring The Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree, on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Farmington Gardens in Farmington, Ct.  

“We are delighted to honor Davida as the recipient of the Silver Lake Award,” said the Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Silver Lake Executive Director. “For decades, she has embodied the ministry of Silver Lake, offering an extravagant welcome, lifting up young leaders, loving creation and all of God’s children, and offering hope for a world filled with God’s love and light. She has done this in the community, in the local and wider church, and especially at Silver Lake.”

The Silver Lake Award recognizes a member of the Silver Lake community who lives their life and faith in a way that reflects the formative experiences they have had at Silver Lake Conference Center. This person truly takes Silver Lake home with them beyond Low Road.

In addition to being shaped by Silver Lake, the Silver Lake Award recipient has given back time, treasure, and talent to Silver Lake, and has made a significant and sustainable contribution to the ministry of Silver Lake.

Rev. Crabtree was lifted up for the award by Silver Lake alumni and friends, in open nominations earlier this year.

“There may be no other more impactful person to come out of Silver Lake... Davida has helped to bring feminism to the forefront of the church... She was a part of the movement to build the 21st century freedom schooner Amistad...She led the effort to secure and produce the 2007 UCC General Synod in Hartford; a huge undertaking that required buy-in from hundreds of volunteers, and was a huge success.  Writings from her career are important enough to be housed in the Congregational Library in Boston.”

“The woman is a legend! Total trailblazer: First female solo pastor in Connecticut, fourth female conference minister in the UCC. She has been promoting and mentoring young leaders her whole career, particularly women and people of color.”

“Even in retirement, Davida advocates for Silver Lake. She helps to identify and thank donors, attends events, and promotes camp at First Church Windsor. She even writes letters to the Windsor kids at camp! From conferee to conference minister, Silver Lake has shaped Davida; and Davida has certainly helped to shape Silver Lake!” 

The Silver Lake Award Celebration, A Garden Party Honoring the Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree, will be Sunday, October 14, 2-5 p.m., at Farmington Gardens in Farmington, Ct. Registration for the event is open online. Tickets are $75. Donations are also gratefully accepted.

“We give thanks for Davida’s imprint upon this sacred place,” said Rev. Gackenheimer. “I hope you will join us in this celebration and support the vital ministry that is Silver Lake.”

Brian Lapis is a Silver Lake Board Member, summer Dean, and Silver Lake alumnus.

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