Oregon’s ecumenical organization this spring honored a group of community leaders for moral leadership, including several Catholics.

The Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Humanitarian Award went to the Neil Kelly Company and the Kelly family for charitable contributions and volunteer work with organizations like Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Community Wearhouse and Oregon Environmental Council.

The late Neil and Arlene Kelly began a remodeling business in 1947. Their children have sustained the company, along with a habit of civic engagement.

Tom Kelly founded Oregon Business for Climate, an initiative that mobilizes industry leaders for forward-looking climate policy. He also helped raise funds for an environmentally certified building at Holy Redeemer School in North Portland.

Tom was on hand to receive the award along with his sister, Barbara Woodford.

The Ecumenical Service Award went to Ron Steiner, a member of Queen of Peace Parish in Salem who has led a group seeking to abolish Oregon’s death penalty. Inspired by St. Joseph Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” Steiner has made his case on the basis of faith and common sense. The death penalty does not deter crime and is wildly expensive, he says, also insisting that when prisoners are killed, their blood is on all our hands.

EMO’s Young Visionary Award went to Reyna Lopez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants and now leader of a union of farmworkers and tree planters. She led a campaign to obtain drivers licenses for immigrants in the country without authorization, a measure supported by the Archdiocese of Portland. Lopez also helps register new citizens to vote.

Todd Cooper, special aide to Archbishop Alexander Sample, and Carmen Gaston, director of stewardship, represented the Archdiocese of Portland at the dinner, which was sponsored in part by the archdiocese. A delegation from Catholic-founded University of Portland attended.

Theme of the night was “Building bridges, healing communities.” The night included upbeat Gospel music and an ending in which the crowd stood to sing and wrap arms around shoulders to form a massive circle in the Benson Hotel ballroom.

“We believe no one is left out, and when there are divisions it is our obligation to heal relationships,” said Jan Musgrove Elfers, president of EMO, referring to national debates over immigrants, refugees, gun violence and racism. “It is up to people of faith to offer a radically different vision of our future, with justice and peace as our highest values.”

The Ecumenist of the Year award went to Kay Toran, head of the Christian-based social service group Volunteers of America. Toran told the crowd that the faith community, not government, has always led great social movements in the United States, including the abolition of slavery and the advance of civil rights.