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Sojourners Receives 17 Awards in Annual "Best of Christian Press" Competition

Date: April 30, 2007

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Sojourners Receives 17 Awards in Annual "Best of Christian Press" Competition

Washington, D.C. (April 30, 2007): Sojourners magazine, a monthly progressive Christian publication founded in 1971, received 17 awards at the Associated Church Press annual convention last week in Chicago. This is the fourth straight year the magazine has been named the "Best in Class" in the Ecumenical General Interest category. Other Awards of Excellence (first place) included:

"It’s especially gratifying to be honored by one’s peers," said Sojourners editor Jim Rice, "in a time when the voice of Christian journalism is more essential than ever. Truth-telling is always important; it’s even more so in the midst of a culture of dishonesty, untruth, and spin."

The Associated Church Press, the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America, consists of nearly 200 publications, Web sites, news services, and individuals representing a combined circulation of several million. The ACP has honored "the best of the Christian press" at its national convention each year since 1916.

The Washington, D.C.-based Sojourners has increased its readership by more than 50 percent over the past 18 months and through a partnership with Beliefnet.com launched the GodsPolitics.com blog in September. The organization’s total online constituency tops 200,000, says Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Sojourners/Call to Renewal web editor. "I’ve always felt that the strength of sojo.net is the content," said Beiler. "I just do my best to make sure that the design doesn’t distract from the message and makes it easy to find the unique perspectives that our readers have come to expect from us."

Jim Wallis, best-selling author of God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, and founding editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, believes this to be the latest sign that progressive Christians have become an increasingly influential political constituency. "We saw the defeat of the Religious Right in the mid-term elections, and a fresh class of faith-based congressmen and women committed to ending poverty, strengthening communities and families, and caring for God’s creation."

The upcoming annual Pentecost mobilization, organized by Sojourners/Call to Renewal from June 3-6 in Washington, D.C., promises a nationally prominent lineup of religious and political leaders ready to demonstrate the powerful and growing chorus of progressive Christian voices dedicated to broadening the narrowly defined social issues of the Religious Right to include a revived concern for the poor, care for the environment, and an insistence on diplomatic, not military, solutions to foreign policy challenges.

Please contact Colin Mathewson at 202-745-4625 or cmathewson@sojo.net for a complimentary subscription for members of the press.

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Sojourners/Call to Renewal is a Christian ministry 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. Visit http://www.sojo.net/, http://www.redletterchristians.org/, and http://www.godspolitics.com/.