The awards for the online offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity were given April 12 at the joint ACP/RCC convention in Chicago.
The ACP, founded in 1916, is the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America and its membership comprises newspapers, newsletters, magazines, journals, news services and Web sites. The RCC was founded in 1939 to promote faith perspectives in public discourse.
Two essays won ACP awards. The Rev. Natasha Jamison Gadson won a first-place award of excellence for her essay “How I embraced my authority as an African-American woman in ministry,” and managing director of Leadership Education Gretchen Ziegenhals won an honorable mention for her piece “How should the church celebrate the passage into adulthood?”
The Faith & Leadership staff received an award of excellence for Best in Class: Independent Website and a second-place award of merit for the podcast “Can These Bones.”
The podcast also earned a Wilbur Award from the RCC, which includes previous winners such as Morgan Freeman and Oprah Winfrey.
The Wilbur Awards were created to “recognize the work of individuals and agencies as they communicate about religious issues, values and themes, with professionalism, fairness and honesty.” They were first given in 1949 and honor Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in the field of religious public relations.
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