United Church News won seven awards in May at back-to-back conventions in Indianapolis of the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) and Associated Church Press (ACP). The UCC's Proclamation, Identity and Communication Ministry (PIC), of which United Church News is a part, won three additional awards.
The paper received two Awards of Excellence from RCC, one for the newspaper as a whole, the other for the article "Hair-Razing Support" by Gayle Elizabeth Starling. The Current Comment column, "Our ÔAmerican way of life' is under attack" by United Church News editor, the Rev. W. Evan Golder, received an Award of Merit.
PIC also received three other Awards of Excellence from RCC, one for the United Church of Christ Annual Report 2001, one for the video "Celebration, Part 3, Why We Teach and How We Learn," and one for the "God is still speaking," identity kit.
ACP gave United Church News an Award of Merit for Golder's monthly column, "Current Comment," and three Honorable Mention Awards: one for Arianna Aerie's "African Diary," edited by Jimi Izrael; one for Lee Foley's monthly Clippings column; and one for Theological Reflection for Dale Bishop's column, "What people believe actually matters; faith has consequences."
UCC ministers the Revs. Walter Brueggemann and Joyce Hollyday also received awards. Bureggemann received two for Biblical Interpretation, an Award of Excellence for "Entitled Neighbors: A Biblical Perspective on Living Wage" in The Witness and an Honorable Mention for "Secretary of Woe" in Sojourners. Hollyday received an Honorable Mention for "Jesus and the Easter Bunny" in The Other Side.
DisciplesWorld received an Award of Merit Acorn Award presented to new publications that show great promise.