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Reflections magazine garners multiple awards for 2008

ReflectionsReflections, Yale Divinity School’s twice-yearly magazine of theological and ethical inquiry, received a number of awards for material published in 2008, including the top prize, the award of excellence, for the category “In-Depth Coverage: Magazine,” from Associated Church Press.  Reflections was honored with awards in eight different Associated Church Press categories and also received an award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

In selecting Reflections for the top in-depth coverage award for the fall 2008 issue, entitled “Who Is My Neighbor?  Facing Immigration,” the contest judge said, “In a competitive category, Reflections rises to the top with its immigration issue.  The stories are intellectually stimulating, well-written, and instructive.  This entry perfectly matches the magazine’s intent to be a publication of ‘theological and ethical inquiry.’”

The winning entry featured a lead article by Harlon Dalton, professor (adjunct) of law and religion who served as faculty guest editor for the fall 2008 issue, as well as articles by, among others, George Rupp ’67 M.Div., president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee; Emilie Townes, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology; Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life; and Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Other magazines cited by ACP for in-depth coverage were Sojourners (award of merit), Horizons and In Trust (both honorable mention).
The editor of Reflections is Ray Waddle, an award-winning religion journalist who joined the staff in January 2007 after serving for 17 years as religion editor at The Tennessean in Nashville, TN. His articles have been published by The New York Times, Christian Century, USA Today, Religion News Service, Sojourners.com, and Episcopal News Service, among others.  As editor, Waddle is responsible for conceptualizing each issue, soliciting articles and art, editing, and seeing each issue through the production process.

Reflections is published in the spring and fall, with each issue devoted to exploration of a particular theme. It is circulated to all YDS alumni and is also available free of charge to the general public. Click here for subscription information.

Reflections also garnered the top prize in the category “Biblical Interpretation” for an article by Associate Professor of New Testament Diana Swancutt in the spring 2008 issue, “Between Babel and Beatitude: The Bible I the 21st Century.”

Swancutt’s article, “Remembering for the Future: Interpreting Paul Today,” was cited by ACP as “an engaging history of interpretation regarding Paul, providing readers with a cogent study of the place of culture and politics and their ethical implications.”

In awarding the fall 2008 Reflections a bronze medal in its “Periodical Special Issues” category, CASE noted that there were 45 entries, resulting in one grand gold medal, a gold medal, a silver medal, and two bronze medals.

Reflections received a second-place citation (“award of merit”) from ACP in the category “Best in Class: Journal.”  ACP said, “This publication tackles great issues with the firepower of excellent theologians and historians who provide general teaching.  The presentation is very readable.”

Awards of merit were also given to Reflections in several other categories:

  • Interview, for Ray Waddle’s interview in the fall 2008 issue, “No More Deaths: An Interview with John Fife.”
  • Theological or Scholarly Article, for A.K.M. Adam’s article “Reading the Bible in a Sea of Signs” in the spring 2008 issue.
  • Magazine Cover, for the cover of the fall 2008 issue, designed by Peter Johnson of Yale’s Reprographics & Imaging Services.

ACP also gave Reflections two “honorable mention” awards:

  • Theme Issue, Section, or Series: Magazine, for the spring 2008 issue.
  • Poetry, for the poem “Damascus” by Mark Jarman in the spring 2008 issue.

The Associated Church Press awards were formally announced at the organization’s annual convention, held this year in Indianapolis on May 8. Click here to see the full list of awardees.
ACP, founded in 1916, describes itself as “the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America” and  “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.”

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London and Singapore, CASE is an organization for educational professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas.

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