Messenger magazine wins awards at annual ACP convention

At this year’s Associated Church Press convention, the Church of the Brethren’s Messenger magazine won four awards including the James Solheim Award for Editorial Courage, Award of Excellence, for “If Only that Were True” by Gimbiya Kettering, published in the Sept. 2022 issue.

“Congratulations to all the winners and entrants of the 2022 Associated Church Press ‘Best of the Church Press’ awards,” said the ACP announcement of the award winners.

“This year’s contest had 728 entries from 58 organizations across 78 categories. Over 40 judges–all professionals in journalism, design, theology and communication–made the difficult decision needed to select the best entries.”

The ACP gives three levels of awards: honorable mention, equivalent to third place; award of merit, equivalent to second place; and award of excellence, equivalent to first place.

Messenger received two awards of excellence and two awards of merit, in four different categories:

Category: Overall excellence/best in class
The James Solheim Award for Editorial Courage
Award of excellence

“If Only that Were True” by Gimbiya Kettering
Sept. 2022

Category: National reporting (broader topic or trend)–short format
Award of excellence
“Take Me Home, Brethren Roads” by Walt Wiltschek
Jan./Feb. 2022

Category: Column
Award of merit
“From the publisher” by Wendy McFadden
A regular feature in every issue

Category: Magazine/journal design, spread or story
Award of merit
“Unspoken and Unsung Mystery: Stained Glass Speaks of God,” Paul Stocksdale, designer
July/Aug. 2022

Find out more about Messenger and how to subscribe at Consider starting a Messenger club at your congregation, if your church does not already have one.

Please pray… With thanksgiving for the Messenger staff and the other denominational staff who have a hand in the magazine, and all the others who contribute including the designer, writers, photographers, Messenger club representatives in congregations, and all of the subscribers across the Church of the Brethren and beyond.


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