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Lutheran Communicators Honored For Their Work

Date Fri, 23 Apr 2004 16:22:45 -0500


April 23, 2004

Lutheran Communicators Honored For Their Work

     CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Several members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America (ELCA) took awards home from the Associated Church Press (ACP)
Convention April 18-21 at the Novotel Toronto Centre, Toronto.	The ACP
presented awards in 72 categories of religious journalism work in 2003.
     The ACP is an 88-year-old professional association of 200
publications, news services, Web sites and individuals, representing a
combined circulation of more than 28 million.
     Seeds for the Parish, the ELCA's resource paper edited by Katherine
Sprutta Elliott, ELCA Department for Communication, tied for third place
in ACP's "Best of Class" newsletter category.
     The Lutheran, the magazine of the ELCA, received nine ACP awards.	It
won two first-place awards -- "Born into War" by Martin Adler for
photography in a magazine, and another for art accompanying, "Is
Homosexuality Another Expression of God's Creation?"
     The Lutheran took second place in ACP's "theological reflection,
short format" category for David L. Miller's "Where Christmas Comes."
Miller is editor of The Lutheran.  Staff of the magazine took second place
in ACP's magazine convention coverage category for "ELCA Assembly: Prayers
for Healing."
     The magazine won third place in ACP's scholarly article category for
Larry Rasmussen's "The American Way in the Presence of Fear."  It also
tied for third place in ACP's "feature article, denominational, general
interest" category for Robert Blezard's "Out of the Fog, into the
Sunshine"; theme section category for Gail Ramshaw and the staff's "Beyond
Words"; personal experience, long format category for Sonia C.
Solomonson's "Imprint for Eternity"; and professional resource category
for Julie B. Sevig's "Living Water."  Solomonson is managing editor, The
Lutheran.  Sevig is editor for the magazine's "Congregations and
Community" section.
     Lutheran Woman Today, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, earned six
awards.  It received first place in ACP's "feature article, denominational
special interest" category for Deborah McConomy-Wallace's "For All the
     The magazine was given two second-place honors -- one for Robin
Mattison's Bible study, "I Thank God for You:  Forming Community with
Paul," and another in ACP's "magazine design, 3-or-4 color story or
spread" category for On Track Communication's "Who Is Like God?"
     Lutheran Woman Today's October 2003 issue about fair trade was tied
for third place in ACP's "in-depth coverage, magazine" category.  It also
tied for third in ACP's "theme issue: magazine" category for "Fair Trade,"
edited by Nancy J. Goldberger and Barbara Hofmaier, and in the
organization's "devotional/inspirational" category for the magazine's
January-February 2003 issue, "The History of Us," by Marj Leegard.
Goldberger serves as editor and Hofmaier is former managing editor for
Lutheran Woman Today.
     Cafe: Stirring the Spirit Within" took third place in ACP's "Acorn
Award."  Cafe is an online magazine (or e-zine) edited by Goldberger and
designed by Elizabeth McBride.	McBride also serves as editorial
assistant, Lutheran Woman Today.
     The ELCA News Service, Department for Communication, tied for third
in ACP's "in-depth coverage, newspaper, newsletter, news service or Web
site" category for "2003 ELCA Ecumenical Journey" by John R. Brooks.
     The May-June 2003 issue of Lutheran Partners took second place for
"Contemporary Christian Music:	What Can We Learn?" by Mark Allan Powell
under ACP's "feature article, denominational, special interest" category.
Lutheran Partners is a magazine published by the ELCA Division for
     The Forum Letter took two second-place honors -- one for Russell E.
Saltzman's "A Press Release for Congress" in ACP's "editorial and opinion,
newspaper or news service" category, and another for "The Mark Hanson
Show:  ELCA Lutherans in Milwaukee" under the "convention coverage,
newsletter, news service or Website" category.
     ACP members also elected officers and board members.  Silvia Chavez
was elected ACP treasurer.  She is director for budget and administration,
The Lutheran.
Sonia C. Solomonson, managing editor, The Lutheran, was elected to serve a
three-year term on the ACP board.
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