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Bos Honored with MOSAIC Award

by Ashley Schaffner | Dec 20, 2013

Annual award recognizes immigrants and refugees for significant professional and societal contributions  

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Dora Pierce Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament, Johanna Bos, has received a MOSAIC Award for her contributions as a scholar, feminist, and advocate of social justice, and for her efforts to champion civil liberty and strengthen interfaith relations in Louisville. This year, Bos is one of five recipients; all are international Americans who have made an impact either in their professions or in the community.

"Receiving the MOSAIC award from Jewish Family and Career Services gives me special pleasure because the award honors first-generation citizens of the United States for their contributions to their professions as well the community,” said Bos. “I have always viewed my life as a teacher and scholar to be part of my advocacy for social justice, and I value the recognition of the ways in which I live out this conviction from an organization that contributes so much to meeting local needs."

"Louisville Seminary is delighted that Professor Bos has been named as a recipient of this year's MOSAIC Award,” said Dean Sue Garrett. “She is a highly accomplished scholar, writer, and teacher as well as a tireless advocate on behalf of marginalized people, and worthy of this notable recognition."

About Bos
Bos is an eminent theologian specializing in biblical and feminist studies. She has taught at Louisville Seminary since 1977. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she engages herself with issues of justice for women and disadvantaged groups locally and in the global arena.

Bos writes regularly for both scholarly and popular publications. Some of her books include Making Wise the Simple - The Torah in Christian Faith and Practice (Eerdmans, 2005), Reformed and Feminist - A Challenge to the Church (Westminster John Knox 1991), Reimagining God—The Case for Scriptural Diversity (Westminster John Knox, 1995), and Called Out With: Stories of Solidarity in Support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Persons (Westminster John Knox, 1997).  

Bos was born in the Netherlands where she earned two degrees in theology at the University of Leiden. A pioneering woman in theological teaching, she was the only woman in 1976 to receive a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York and the first woman to receive academic tenure at Louisville Seminary.

About the MOSAIC Awards
The MOSAIC Awards were established in 2004 by Jewish Family and Career Services. “MOSAIC” is an acronym for Multicultural Opportunities for Success and Achievement in our Community. Since its founding in 1908, JCFS’ history has been intertwined with providing resettlement, employment and acculturation services to people from many cultures. The award reflects the organization’s belief that a vibrant multicultural community makes Louisville a richer and more interesting city. 

Bos is in good company amidst her fellow honorees. They include:

Marta Maria Miranda (Cuba), president and CEO of the Center for Women and Families.
Muhammad Babar (Pakistan), an internist specializing in medical care for senior citizens.
Bruce Simpson (Scotland), artistic director of the Louisville Ballet
Joseph Twagilimana (Rwanda), a data mining analyst with Wellpoint, Inc.

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