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The Canadian Lutheran takes home awards at 2015 CCP ceremony

May 4, 2015 No Comment

CCP-2015

TORONTOThe Canadian Lutheran received two awards at the 2015 Canadian Church Press (CCP) awards ceremony, held May 1 in Toronto. The awards recognize excellence in Christian magazine and newspaper publishing throughout Canada.

Hands-of-Mercy-webTaking home second place in the prized Feature (Magazine) category was Dr. L. Block for her article “Hands of Mercy” in the May/June 2014 issue of The Canadian Lutheran. The article addresses the topics of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, bringing a Christian physician’s perspective to a topic currently under debate in Canada. Her argument? “We cannot show compassion by being the hands of death; we must instead be the hands of Christ.”

“This was a great piece, especially as it tugs at readers’ emotions,” the CCP judge wrote of Dr. Block’s article. “Original approach. I liked the opening: compelling and clearly told the reader what to expect. There’s also a clear statement of the issue just a few paragraphs later. Well-written. Good explanation of the issues.”

woman-of-faith-webAlso recognized at the CCP awards was Peggy Pedersen’s article “Woman of Faith—Katie Luther: Reformer’s Wife,” which took second place in the Biographical Profile (Magazine) category. Pedersen’s article highlights the life and faith of Martin Luther’s wife, a figure often overshadowed as a result of her husband’s towering legacy.

“So interesting!” the judge said. “I had never heard of this woman and yet she lived a remarkable life. Beautifully written and researched. Lovely structure.”

“It’s truly a joy to see our writers honoured in this way,” said Mathew Block, editor of The Canadian Lutheran. “We in Lutheran Church–Canada are blessed to have a number of gifted writers contributing to our magazine. It’s gratifying to see that excellence recognized publicly.”

The Canadian Lutheran is currently celebrating its 30th volume year since adopting a new regular format in 1985. It has won multiple awards over that thirty-year span.

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