WOMEN OF THE ELCA PUBLICATIONS won 15 awards for 2020 communications work from the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) and the Associated Church Press (ACP). Gather won RCC’s top award: Best in Class for the design of its December 2020 issue.
The awards were presented in April 2021 during an online meeting of the two religion communicators’ associations. See a complete list below.
Gather won the RCC’s prestigious Best in Class Design (for the December 2020 cover). Gather also won:
- Publication Design, Cover or Feature (December 2020 cover, category winner).
- Magazines, Series (Fall 2020, “Holy Time” Bible study series, award of merit).
- Magazines, Single Work (December 2020, award of merit)
- Graphic Design, Illustration, Article or Story (May 2020 design/illustration of “Jesus and Vegas have a lot in common,” award of merit).
The 2021 Associated Church Press Best of the Church Press Awards presented the Electronic Newsletter award of excellence to BoldCafe.org, a monthly e-newsletter for and with young adult women, edited by Elizabeth McBride.
The ACP also presented awards to Gather for:
Devotional/Inspirational—long format: “A tear in the ribbon of time,” by Violet Cucciniello Little, December 2020 (award of excellence)
Biographical Profile: “Telling her own story: The life and lessons of Jarena Lee,” by Laura J. Gifford, November 2020 (award of merit).
Professional Resource: “Passing the peace: We are called to reconciliation, not quiet,” by the Rev. Tiffany C. Cheney, July/August 2020 (honorable mention)
Biblical Interpretation: “God’s time: It didn’t mean what I thought it did,” by Rebecca Eve Schweitzer, October 2020 (honorable mention)
Bible Resource: “Just love,” Summer 2020 Gather Bible study, by the Rev. Dr. Christa Compton and the Rev. Gladys Moore (honorable mention)
Video Series (Vlog, Video podcast, etc.): Fall 2020 “Holy time” video series, by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni, Bible study presenter (honorable mention)
Critical Review: “Reading with young children at Advent: These picture books celebrate, await the coming of Christ,” by Elizabeth Hunter, December 2020 (honorable mention)
Magazine Design, Entire Issue: May 2020, by designers Karli Pawlak, Kelly McMurray, 2Communique, (honorable mention)
Best Disapproving Letter to the Editor: “I’m done with your diversity,” by Name redacted, address omitted from the envelope (award of excellence).