"You Belong," a video public service announcement that will help launch a new UCC identity emphasis has won a Gold Award from WorldFest Houston 2002, the largest corporate film and video competition in the world. The video was produced by the UCC's Proclamation, Identity and Communication Ministry (PIC) and designed to appeal to religious seekers.
Another PIC video, "bi-sex´-u-al," received a Best of Class Award from the Religion Communicators Council. This is the highest honor given by RCC.
RCC also bestowed three Awards of Excellence on PIC efforts: one on United Church News for 2001; another on last year's annual report, "From Safe Centers to Exciting Edges—The Annual Report of the UCC, 2000;" and a third for "Celebration Part Two: Where all are welcome." The United Church of Christ website was recognized with the RCC Award of Merit.
Associated Church Press gave four awards to United Church News. A page one photograph of the U.S. Military Cemetery in Hamm, Luxembourg, by editor W. Evan Golder received an Award of Merit. A Current Comment by Golder, "Sometimes the comics aren't funny at all" about the comic strip "b.c." and the death penalty, received an Honorable Mention. So did "Dear Dad," a personal reflection by U.S. Navy Ensign Megan Hallainan, written from shipboard after September 11.
And in the Blooper! category, the newspaper received an Award of Excellence for the headline-typo, "Suspicious white power in Utah mail," in the November issue.