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TMA wins gold and silver at religious press awards

The Melbourne Anglican awarded gold and silver medals by the Australasian Religious Press Association conference

By Stephen Cauchi

September 10 2018The Melbourne Anglican has been awarded a gold medal for Best Faith Reflection at the Australasian Religious Press Association conference held in Brisbane over the weekend.

Silver medals were given to TMA for Best Theological Article and Best Editorial or Opinion Piece, while The Gippsland Anglican was awarded gold for Best Regional Publication.

Publication of the Year, which The Melbourne Anglican won in 2017, was awarded to The Salvation Army’s new in-house magazine Others.

The Gutenberg Award, the premier annual award of the Association, was given to New Zealand’s Baptist magazine.

Gold medal for Best Faith Reflection went to Anglican Overseas Aid’s Nils von Kalm for an article on grief.

Mr von Kalm, the Church and Community Engagement Coordinator with AOA, wrote a piece for TMA entitled “If grief is overwhelming, how do we cope?”.

“This sensitive reflection deals with the universal problem of grief,” the judges wrote. “He calls upon writers M. Scott Peck, Viktor Frankl, Henri Nouwen, the hymnist Horatio Spafford, the work of a psychologist, and the Bible and theology, to deepen the reflection.

“The article is well-structured and the boxed Facebook comments add illustration to his points.”

The silver award for Best Theological Article was given to Research Professor at Trinity Theological College, the Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee.

Professor Lee wrote an article entitled “Scripture, Male Headship and Abuse” for TMA (September 2017).

The article was a “well-presented and well-argued theological affirmation of the fundamental and unqualified equality of humanity regardless of gender”, the judges said.

The silver award for Best Editorial or Opinion Piece went to Emeritus vicar of St Hilary’s Kew and Order of Australia recipient the Revd Peter Corney.

Revd Corney wrote a piece for TMA on the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh entitled “Van Gogh Speaks to Yearning for Transcendent”.

Revd Corney was a longtime admirer of Van Gogh, the judges wrote, and his piece “brings a fresh angle to an old topic”.

The Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2017 attracted huge numbers of visitors, said the judges.

The many young adults who attended left Revd Corney with the realisation that “a longing for the transcendent had not died out in our culture”.

“He says he left the exhibition with a new feeling of hope. The thoughtful reader will understand his enthusiasm.”

Gold medal for Best Regional Publication went to The Gippsland Anglican.

The judges wrote that “the open format… invites the reader in, and its 12 pages cover a wide range of topics: devotional reflections, profiles, social issues, well-written news stories from around the diocese (with well-chosen pictures), reviews, a prayer diary and a diocesan calendar.

“Interestingly, it also includes the 28-page The Melbourne Anglican as an insert, taking readers well beyond the diocese.”