​TMA received two awards at the 2013
Australasian Religious Press Association
awards held in Melbourne on 7 September.


The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) received two awards in a strong performance by Anglican publications at the 2013 Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards held in Melbourne on 7 September.
TMA won the Silver award for the Best Opinion Piece for “Engaging Phillip Adams on his rejection of faith” by the Revd Canon Dr Stephen Ames and Professor John Pilbrow, published in February 2012, and Silver for Best Theological Article for “Our worship of money ultimately fails to deliver”, by Ridley Melbourne principal the Revd Dr Brian Rosner, published last December.
The main award, the Gutenberg, went to Marjorie Lewis-Jones and Stephen Webb, until recently editor and deputy editor of Insights, the Uniting Church monthly magazine in NSW and the Australian Capital Territory.
Zadok Perspectives, for which the Revd Dr Gordon Preece of Melbourne is Commissioning Editor on behalf of the Ethos Centre for Christianity and Society, was named Publication of the Year.
Veteran photojournalist Ramon Williams, a former missionary who promotes the work of Christian missionaries and organisations through his Worldwide Photos news agency, received a Special Citation “for exceptionally meritorious service to the Christian community, and specifically to Christian media, for 50 years”.
Outgoing ARPA President, New Zealander Errol Pike, a former broadcaster and Bible Society NZ manager and fundraiser, was awarded ARPA Life Membership.
The awards, sponsored by Mailcare, were presented at the ARPA Dinner at the Marriott Hotel, on the corner of Exhibition and Lonsdale streets.
Judges said the essay in TMA by Dr Ames, who lectures in the History and Philosophy of Science at Melbourne University, and Professor Pilbrow, Emeritus Professor of Physics at Monash University, was “a timely and reasoned antidote to the tirades against God” in the context of the Atheist Convention held in Melbourne early last year.
“The writers analyse the well-publicised atheistic arguments and deliver unemotional but clear alternative viewpoints, interfacing science and faith with balanced reporting and a compelling editorial stance,” the judges said.
“This is punchy journalism without jargon, instructive without being preachy and opinionated without resorting to shrill arguments. It is delivered in a brisk and engaging manner that holds a reader’s attention.”
Journey, the monthly publication of the Uniting Church in Queensland, won the Gold award for Best Essay, Editorial or Opinion Piece for “Embracing Uncertainty: The church in a secular age”, by the ABC’s Online Editor of Religion and Ethics, Scott Stephens, and published in June 2012.
Dr Rosner’s TMA article was described by judges as “a timely and well written theological reflection on one of the greatest challenges of our time: greed and wealth”.
“The author highlights money as a false idol and with Australia's abundant wealth, even within the Christian community, personal reflection is encouraged. A wide-ranging article drawing on diverse biblical traditions and early church teachings as well as on contemporary social and economic commentary. Brian’s communicative style is clear and his discussion logically organised and easy to follow.”
Gold for Best Theological Article was awarded to New Times, South Australia’s Uniting Church monthly, for “Learning in lament” by Dr Liz Boase, Director of Studies and Lecturer in Old Testament in the Department of Theology at Adelaide’s Flinders University, and published in October last year.
Anglican Media Sydney won five prizes – one gold, two silver and two bronze. It won Gold for Best Cover for a striking front-page design about depression for the September 2012 issue of Southern Cross.
Adelaide’s Anglican magazine, The Guardian, picked up three awards, including Best Publication by a Small Team.
Bendigo’s Anglican publication, The Spirit, won Gold for Best Original Photography for “Four new servers for Bendigo North Parish” by Judith Hall and published in July 2012. The judges said the photo was simply composed and naturally lit, “reflecting a quiet understanding and solemnity of the moment”. “It is un-staged photojournalism at its best, and captures the context of the story perfectly.”


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