ELCIC’s national publication honoured with five awards at recent Canadian Church Press convention

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) national publication, Canada Lutheran, was the recipient of five awards at the recent Canadian Church Press (CCP) convention held May 16-17 in Toronto, Ontario.

The annual CCP awards program recognizes excellence in publications and allows participants the benefit of feedback provided by judges on all submissions.

ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson expressed her pleasure at hearing the news. "I am proud of the staff of Canada Lutheran. The awards confirm what I already know about their talent, creativity and commitment to our church."

Canada Lutheran magazine received a second place award in the category of Feature Layout and Design for A Lutheran Handbook to Lent, January/February issue 2012. "Clean-consistent presentation – an easy to read and use ‘handbook’" said the judge in their feedback.

In the category of magazine column, Justice Agenda received a second place award. The award is bittersweet as column editors Miranda Weingartner and Erich Weingartner announced at the end of 2012 they would be moving on to new opportunities. "These must have been tough pieces to write. Ending a 12-year run can’t be easy under any circumstances" noted the judge. "I felt like I was alongside them, looking back at a canon of work that will stand the test of time."

For Front Cover/Page, January/February 2012 issue, Canada Lutheran received a third place award. The judge for this category noted, "overall – simple, clear presentation that easily coveys the topic."

For Layout and Design of an Edition, January/February 2012, the magazine received a third place. "Overall a pleasant presentation – crisp, clean and clear," noted CCP judge.

And for Personal Experience, First Person Account, the article Songs Ancient and New, September 2012 was the recipient of a third place award. "Surprising; touching; well done" said the CCP judge for this category.

As the national magazine of the ELCIC, Canada Lutheran nurtures the Lutheran spirit by providing information and inspiration to help ELCIC members deepen their faith, follow church news, find the relevance of their Lutheran faith in today’s complex world, and create positive social change at home and abroad. Canada Lutheran magazine is a subscription based publication and has been in existence since 1986.

The CCP presents awards at its annual convention held in the spring of each year. Entry is open to all CCP members who have been active during the year.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 145,376 baptized members in 594 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

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