The Common Good

Sojourners Magazine Awarded Top Honors by the Associated Church Press and the Evangelical Press Association

Date: May 14, 2009

May 14, 2009

Contact: Jason Gedeik, Sojourners, (202) 745-4633, media@sojo.net

Sojourners Magazine Awarded Top Honors by the Associated Church Press and the Evangelical Press Association

Sweep of Both "Best in Class” Awards thought to be Unprecedented

WASHINGTON, DC - May 14, 2009 - Sojourners magazine, a monthly publication that addresses issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective, has been recognized by two leading religious press organizations for excellence in magazine publishing.

Both the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) and the Associated Church Press (ACP) recognized Sojourners with their respective highest honors in the general interest magazine category. The publication received the "Award of Excellence” from the Associated Church Press and for the first time was also presented with the "Best in Class” award by the Evangelical Press Association. Sojourners magazine received a total of 25 honors including six first-place awards, five second-place awards, and 11 third-place awards.

"This recognition from both the ACP and EPA validates Sojourners' efforts to serve as a bridge builder across the diverse streams and traditions of the Christian church,” said Jim Rice, editor of Sojourners magazine. "Our message of social justice continues to defy political labels and is proof that our work unites theologically and politically diverse groups on the biblical values of concern for the least among us.”

Sojourners reaches an estimated 35,000 readers in all 50 states through its monthly print publication. The magazine, founded in 1971, also serves nearly 200,000 Christians around the world through its Web site, www.sojo.net. The magazine is published by Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians, whose mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.

In the July issue, Sojourners will debut a re-designed format with a fresh new look and significant additions in content and contributors. The July issue features an exclusive interview with Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, who discusses Borscht Belt humor, the media, and the role of satire in social change. The magazine will also add seven new columns by writers including Cathleen Falsani, former religion columnist for the Chicago Sun Times; Gareth Higgins, film critic and co-founder of zero28 project, a faith-based peace and justice initiative in Northern Ireland; Rev. Joel Hunter, senior pastor at Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood, Florida and member of the President's Council on Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships; Bill McKibben, an educator, environmentalist, and author of the bestseller Deep Economy; Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx; Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas; and Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, as well as a nuts-and-bolts department on "How to Do Justice.”

Categories in which Sojourners received awards:

Evangelical Press Association

Associated Church Press

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Sojourners' mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Visit www.sojo.net.