Reflections selected best print journal by Associated Church Press
Reflections, Yale Divinity School's biannual magazine of theological and ethical inquiry, has won several awards in the Associated Church Press's 2011 "Best of the Christian Press" competition, including the top award for a print journal.
Reflections won the Best in Class "Award of Excellence" based on its two publications in 2011: "Women's Journeys: Progress and Peril" (spring issue), focusing on the early struggles and triumphs of women in ministry and new voices and directions of discourse for women of faith today; and "iBelieve: Facing the New Media Explosion" (fall issue), exploring how new media affect the work of the church.
The lead article for "Women's Journeys," entitled "Ideas for a Better Gendered World," was written by Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics. For "iBelieve," the lead piece was written by Wes Avram, pastor of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, AZ, and, from 2000-06, the Clement-Muehl Assistant Professor of Communication at YDS and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. His article was "Connecting with a Theology of Technology."
Several individual Reflections articles were also honored by Associated Church Press, including Avram's article, which won an honorable mention in the category "theological reflection, long form."
An article by Kat Banakis '03 B.A., '09 M.Div., won a first place "Award of Excellence" in the category "reporting and writing, personal experience/first-person account, short format." Her article, which appeared in "Women's Journeys," was entitled "Skin Deep" and explored beauty, faith, and life.
Talitha Arnold '80 M.Div. won an award of merit for her article "Gifts from the Desert," in the category "devotional/inspirational: short format." Her article, which also appeared in the "Women's Journeys" issue, was based on her many years serving as a woman pastor of a United Church of Christ congregation in Santa Fe, NM.
Reflections has been edited since 2007 by Ray Waddle, an award-winning journalist who was religion editor at The Tennessean in Nashville, TN for 17 years before coming to Yale Divinity School.
The awards were formally announced at the Associated Church Press's annual convention, held this year in Chicaro, April 30 – May 2.
Associated Church Press is the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America. Founded I 1916, ACP describes itself as an "international community of communication professionals brought together by faithfulness to their craft and by a common task of reflecting, describing, and supporting the life of faith and the Christian community."