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Adventist Communicators Awards at U.S.
08 Apr 2000 02:12:09
April 8, 2000
Adventist Press Service (APD)
Christian B. Schaeffler, Editor-in-chief
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Adventist Communicators Receive Awards at U.S.
Chicago, Illinois, USA. Dick Duerksen, director
of spiritual development for Florida Hospital, was
among the winners at the annual DeRose-Hinkhouse
Awards for excellence in religious communication
held March 31. A CD-ROM produced by Duerksen,
which utilises a high-tech combination of sound,
graphics and video footage, took top honours in
the electronic communications category, with
judges praising its high production quality as
well as its content. The CD portrays the holistic
approach to medical care delivered by Celebration
Health, a new hospital in the Florida Hospital
group. It also emphasises the need for a strong
spiritual component in the healing process.
"We're very honoured that this piece was
recognised," says Duerksen, who adds their goal
with the CD was to portray something of the
"essence of God."
More than 20 members of the national press,
including television, print and radio journalists,
were also recognised at the ceremony for their
handling of religious issues during the last year.
Among the recipients of these Wilbur Awards were a
TIME magazine journalist, a United Media
cartoonist, and the NBC news show Dateline.
David Smith, writer/producer for the daily
broadcasts of Adventist Media Center program Voice
of Prophecy, also received an honorary Wilbur
Award in recognition of the seven years he has
served as national co-ordinator for the Awards.
The ceremony was part of a four-day meeting of
more than 1,200 religious communicators from
around the world. A diverse range of faith groups
was represented, from United Methodist to
Episcopalian, Mennonite to Baha'i, Lutheran to
Roman Catholic. Organised by the international
Religion Communicators Council, the meetings
discussed communication and media techniques and
explored new communication technology.
Charlotte McClure, public relations director for
the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was one of more
than 30 Adventist communicators who attended the
event. "It was an opportunity to meet with people
of different faiths, to worship together and to
learn together," she says. "All the participants
are facing a similar challenge-how to communicate
their faith stories in an increasingly secular-
The Rev. Dr. Jesse Jackson, the keynote speaker
for the March 29 opening of the convention,
challenged religious communicators from all faiths
to make a difference in society by being "lights
that shine in dark places."
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