Canadian Church Press town hall meeting minutes

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Canadian Church Press town hall meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – 11:00 p.m. (ET)

Archdiocese of Toronto and teleconference

 Present onsite: Bill Fledderus (president), Michael Swan (past-president), Ken Ramstead (membership), Angela Bick (member-at-large) Sue Newbery (administrator), Ginny Hostetler (Canadian Mennonite), Keith Knight (Canadian Christian Business Federation), Michael Hostetler (Canadian Mennonite)

Online: Karla Braun (CCP secretary), Brad Wassink (treasurer), James Sweeney (Quebec Diocesan Gazette/Anglican Editors Association), Mike Strathdee (MEDA Marketplace), Robert White (ArtsConnection.ca), Lloyd Mackey (The Word Guild), Tess Sison (Anglican Journal), Shiao Chong (The Banner), Matthew Block (The Canadian Lutheran), Karen Stiller (Faith Today). To be confirmed: Hannah Marazzi (Convivium), John Van Dyk (Christian Renewal)

  1. A meeting convened by Canadian Church Press on the occasion of the 60th anniversary to discuss possibilities to change the structure to better serve the needs of existing and potential new members. Hosted at the Archdiocese of Toronto.
  2. Canadian Church Press current membership includes staff at 68 member publications, most (49) periodicals serving a single church family (e.g., Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, etc.) . CCP is led by a volunteer executive of 8 people.
  3. The church communications sector is experiencing changes in methods and operations that may be discouraging some people from participating in the CCP community. Editors have been our core membership group, but are increasingly only one member of a communications team responsible for doing PR, fundraising, marketing, design websites, content editing and design on newsletter, broadcast—video and audio. Some are seeing a need for more parts of the team to be part of a community like CCP, not just one gatekeeper editor.
  4. Intro presentation by Bill Fledderus (see com/ccp-town-hall-meeting/)

Question: Is there a need for an association like the Canadian Church Press today? What is nature of that need? How can we better serve more people? Is there demand for a broader Christian community of communicators?

  1. CCP’s community is mainly editors; it could diversify further.
  2. The CCP community is specific to Canada and cross denominational – connecting various traditions evangelical, mainline, parachurch, ethnic, etc. – and so might benefit many others
  3. CCP provides community which we all need, especially those working in home office, those who are new to the sector
  4. CCP annual convention offers training through workshops and peer relationships
  5. CCP can advance the needs of its members in many ways;
    1. awards contest
    2. lobby on behalf of its members, issues in mailing, government funding,
  • relate with academia and industry bodies
  1. commission research relevant to the broader community
  1. CCP could facilitate online chat groups for encouragement and training
  1. Possible strategies to open CCP membership discussed so far, as summarized by Bill Fledderus
    1. If the community were not only editors and writers but also communications officers, fundraisers, marketers, audio/video producers, social media workers, etc., would that be of benefit?
    2. Membership could be extended to include publications serving a large Canadian audience (currently restricted to those published in Canada)
    3. The “associate member” category for freelancers could be expanded to other communications workers (currently it aims mainly at journalists)
    4. Options for partnership:
  • The Word Guild
  • Magazines Canada or CSME
  • Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada
  • News Media Can (Newspapers)
  • Evangelical Press Association
  • Editors Canada
  • Associated Church Press
  • Canadian Association of Journalists
  1. Previous internal CCP conversations and online poll showed support for partnering with Associated Church Press and for loosening stringent membership criteria. Regional chapters for Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver were suggested. Some questioned the wisdom of partnering with The Word Guild or joining with mainstream org like Magazines Canada or Newsmedia Canada – in so large an organization, our particular faith basis will be lost/unsupported.
  2. Floor opened to questions.

Michael H: Can the CCP do more to serve an interpretive role to larger press? There are opportunities like when a CBC TV program created an inaccurate portrayal of Mennonites.

Bill: Executive has talked about partnering with other mainstream orgs to fund research about what church offers and publicize the results to media colleagues.

Michael S: Journalists trust other journalists, so positioning ourselves that way could make CCP a valuable source of info on faith issues to mainstream journalists. The challenge is informing journalists when they need a faith perspective. They call for a Catholic consult when there’s a new pope, but they may not remember to ask how to interpret census data.

Bill: CCP could help mainstream media connect with Christian experts, provide impartial information.

Robert: Bloggers often work alone and would benefit from connections. Recommend CCP broaden membership to include religious bloggers who may be former journalists.

Keith: There is appeal for organizational communications staff to be part of association that supports the skills needed for their work, especially producing a newsletter or periodical for org (not only church magazines).

Michael S: This is already in evidence with some newsletter-type members such as Scarborough Mission and Spiritan. CCP is journalist focused but not specifically an organization of journalists. Either join ARCCC or join CAJ

Robert: To get more freelancers to join would perhaps require more defined benefits other than contest and conference, a re-visioning of what members can expect. What is payoff, especially with fee to join?

Bill: It would be beneficial to widen connections so one person isn’t gate keeper – everyone working for a member publication could be an active member. A way other magazine staff (e.g. regional correspondents) can join CCP.

Bill: Adding benefits brings up the question: What should be the primary focus of CCP’s energy? If our limited capacity of org led by volunteers is used up planning convention (traditionally one of the big tasks of CCP exec), is that best use of time? There is demand for training.

Keith: Has CCP considered hiring a part-time director to invest in CCP’s capacity?

Bill: The Word Guild and other groups have struggled with being able to financially support staff. We could expand offerings but money needs to come from somewhere.

Lloyd: TWG has seen success with creating regional chapters. Another success story is the Cardus-initiated but multi-faith informed Canada 150 “Thread of Stories”

Chong: It would be beneficial if membership widened to Canadian readership not just published in Canada.

Mathew. Some speakers have expressed concern about expanding the membership of the CCP to Christian communicators more broadly. It’s worth noting that many of the CCP’s member publications already have a dual-life in that sense: functioning as part of the church’s “communications department”” as well as a magazine/newspaper. (My own official title, after all, is “communications manager” for Lutheran Church-Canada.) If a communications department for a Christian organization puts out a publication (in print or online), I’d personally be in favour of expanding membership to include them.

Bill: We may need a sequel gathering to keep exploring these ideas, especially partnering with ACP, and encouraging regional chapters. If a national partnership between orgs doesn’t happen, it would still be possible for local chapters of different orgs to work together, e.g., a Vancouver chapter of TWG and one from CCP might plan an event together.

  1. Bill apologized for the need to change online connection instructions just before the meeting and for the sound quality problems during the meeting. He closed in prayer.

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2017 Award Winners

Published on September 7, 2017 by in News

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This year’s Awards Banquet and presentation was held last Thursday evening (June 22) in conjunction with the Catholic Media Conference at Laval University in Quebec City. The following magazines, newspapers and websites were recognized for their excellence.

Category: Editorial
Judge: Michele Beacom

First Place – The Catholic Register
Stop This Torture
Author: Jim O’Leary

Second Place – Faith Today
Too Many Victims: Child Neglect and the Response of our Churches
Author: Bruce J. Clemenger

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
Give it to God
Author: David Harris

Category: From the Editor
Judge: Michele Beacom

First Place – The United Church Observer
Observations – My Beef with Veganism
Author: David Wilson

Second Place: Salvationist
Road to Healing
Author: Geoff Moulton

Third Place: Faith & Friends
Art Reflecting Faith
Author: Ken Ramstead

Category: News Story
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – Presbyterian Record
Goodbye to the Record
Authors: Record Staff

Second Place – Faith Today
Imprisoned in North Korea
Author: Ron Csillag

Third Place – Salvationist
On the Ground in Fort McMurray
Author: Pam Richardson

Category: News Story – Newspaper
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – The New Brunswick Anglican
I Feel Like I Need a New Word for Thank You
Author: Gisele McKnight

Second Place – The Catholic Register
World Turning Blind Eye to Refugee Crisis
Author: Michael Swan

Third Place – Anglican Journal
Same-Sex Marriage Motion Passes
Author: André Forget

Category: In-Depth Treatment of a News Event – Magazine
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – The United Church Observer
Unsuitable – Gretta Vosper Controversy
Authors: Observer Staff

Second Place – Presbyterian Record
Fort McMurray Strong
Author: Andrew Faiz

Third Place – Canadian Mennonite
Covenant faithfulness: God People Faith (Assembly 2016)
Author: A multitude of scribes

Category: In-Depth Treatment of a News Event – Newspaper
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – The Catholic Register
A Nation at War, Ukraine Turns to the Lord
Author: Michael Swan

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Same-Sex Marriage Resolution
Authors: Tali Folkins, André Forget, Marites Sison and Janet Thomas

Third Place – Huron Church News
The Diocese Welcomes Bishop Linda
Authors: Sandra Coulson, Marty Levesque and Terry Dance

Category: Features – Magazine
Judge: Cynthia Shannon

First Place – The Canadian Lutheran
Driven from Distraction
Author: The Reverend Michael Schutz

Second Place – Foi & Vie
Le Sculpteur de L’âme
Author: Brianne Zelinsky

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
Deutsche Post: Do-Gooders, Christians and Refugees in Germany
Author: Todd Statham

Category: Features – Newspaper
Judge: Cynthia Shannon

First Place – Christian Courier
The Art of Worship
Author: Chris Cuthill

Second Place – The Catholic Register
Revisiting the Reformation
Author: Michael Swan

Third Place – Anglican Journal
Where the Church has no Name
Author: Tali Folkins

Category: Opinion Piece
Judge: Murray Lewis

First Place – Christian Courier
Disruptive Theology
Author: Lloyd Rang

Second Place – Salvationist
A Matter of Life and Death
Author: Dr. James Read

Third Place – Canadian Mennonite
Becoming Aryan
Author: Ben Goosen

Category: Column
Judge: Michael Coren

First Place – The United Church Observer
Observations (January, February and April)
Author: David Wilson

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Come and See (February, June and September)
Author: Archbishop Fred Hiltz

Third Place – Canada Lutheran
Eastern Synod (March, October/November and December)
Author: Bishop Michael Pryse

Category: Department
Judge: Bruce Soderholm

First Place – The Catholic Register
Youth Speak News
Editor: Jean Ko Din

Second Place – Canadian Mennonite
Young Voices
Authors: Aaron Epp & Andrew Brown

No Third Place Awarded

Category: Service Journalism
Judge: Rebekah Chevalier

First Place – Salvationist
Digital Overload
Author: Nancy Turley

Second Place – Faith Today
How to Communicate with your MP
Author: Patricia Paddey

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
Intergenerational Worship: What to do When the Kids are Few
Author: Tori Smit

Category: Media Review
Judge: Karen Pauls

First Place – The Canadian Lutheran
In Review: X-Men Apocalypse
Author: The Reverend Ted Giese

Second Place – Faith & Friends
When God is Silent
Author: Geoff Moulton

Third Place – Christian Courier
Kent Haruf: Scribe of Light and Dust
Author: Cathy Smith

Third Place – The United Church Observer
Good News for Kids
Author: Pieta Woolley

Category: Theological Reflection

Judge: Rolf Pedersen

First Place – Salvationist
Carry Me
Author: Dion Oxford

Second Place – Canadian Mennonite
A Walk in the Dark
Author: Carol Penner

Third Place – The United Church Observer
The Gratitude Effect
Author: Trisha Elliott

Honourable Mention – The Saskatchewan Anglican
Inflame us with new hope!
Author: Bishop Michael Hawkins

Category: Biblical Interpretation
Judge: Doug Koop

First Place – Canada Lutheran
The Virgin Mary
Author: The Reverend Dr. Allen Jorgenson

Second Place – Salvationist
Our Daily Bread
Author: Dr. Donald Burke

Third Place – Canadian Mennonite
Instilling Faith at Home
Authors: Carmen Brubacher and Paul Heidebrecht

Category: Personal Experience (Circulation less than 10,000)
Judge: Muriel Duncan

First Place – Christian Courier
Our Family’s Unexpected Change of Direction
Authors: Jim Dekker and Jessica Dekker

Second Place – The Highway
At the Bottom of my Freezer
Author: Nissa Basbaum

Third Place – Canada Lutheran
Life is a Garden…Dig It!
Author: June Crowe

Category: Personal Experience (Circulation above 10,000)
Judge: Brent van Staalduinen

First Place – Faith Today
For the Love of the Church
Author: Mark Buchanan

Second Place – The United Church Observer
A Complicated Love Story
Author: Alanna Mitchell

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
Living in Expectation
Author: Connie Wardle

Category: Interview
Judge: Stephen Heckbert

First Place – Christian Courier
Fear, not facts, behind climate change skepticism: An interview with Katharine Hayhoe
Author: Angela Reitsma Bick

Second Place – Mandate
The Apology: The 30th Anniversary of the United Church’s Apology to First Nations People
Author: Sara Stratton

Third Place – The United Church Observer
Interview with Sister Helen Prejean
Author: Alicia von Stamwitz

Honourable Mention – The New Brunswick Anglican
Two-minute interview, Colin Ranson
Editor: Gisele McKnight

Category: Biographical Profile – Magazine
Judge: Donald Bastion

First Place – The United Church Observer
The Fighter
Author: Richard Wright

Second Place – Presbyterian Record
Walk with God
Author: Derek Macleod

Third Place – Faith Today
Canada’s Giving Guru: Inside the World of Marina Glogovac and Canada/Helps
Author: Alex Newman

Honourable Mention – Faith & Friends
Life Changer
Author: Kristin Ostensen

Category: Biographical Profile – Newspaper
Judge: Donald Bastion

First Place – Anglican Journal
Bishop in a Chevy Pickup
Author: Diana Swift

Second Place – The Catholic Register
Hard Knocks Give Rolheiser Appreciation of Life
Author: Michael Swan

Third Place – Indian Life
Witness to the Truth: Giving Voice to the voiceless, hope to the hopeless
Author: Jim Uttley

Category: Display Writing
Judge: Nandy Heule

First Place – Presbyterian Record
The Gender Imbalance
Author: Connie Wardle

Second Place – The United Church Observer
That Evangelical Sizzle
Author: Christopher White

No Third Place Awarded

Category: Humour
Judge: Phil Callaway

No Awards Given

Category: News Photo – Magazine
Judge: Terrance R. Pack

First Place – The United Church Observer
Unsuitable
Photographer: Hugh Wesley

Second Place – Faith & Friends
A Joyful Noise
Photographer: Clement Storksen

Third Place – Mandate
African and Middle Eastern Mission and Service Partners 2016
Photographer: Richard Wainwright/Act for Peace

Category: News Photo – Newspaper
Judge: Mirko Petricevic

First Place – The Catholic Register
Out of Africa, into Canada
Photographer: Michael Swan

Second Place – The Saskatchewan Anglican
Banners at St. Luke’s Anglican Church
Photographer: Nigel Salway

No Third Place Awarded

Feature Photo – Magazine
Judge: Terrance R. Pack

First Place – Canada Lutheran
September 2016 Cover
Photographer: Art Babych

Second Place – The United Church Observer
Rainbow Muslims
Photographer: Daniel Ehrenworth

Third Place – Alliance Connection
Loving Iraq
Photographer: Anonymous

Category: Feature Photo – Newspaper
Judge: Mirko Petricevic

First Place – The Saskatchewan Anglican
Bishop on a Bike
Photographer: Nigel Salway

Second Place – The New Brunswick Anglican
Learning to Cook
Photographer: Gisele McKnight

Third Place – Anglican Journal
Relief, Despair as Same-Sex Motion Marriage Fails
Photographer: Art Babych

Category: Photo Essay – Magazine
Judge: Terrance R. Pack

First Place – Salvationist
Our Priority…the People!
Photographer: Steve Nelson

Second Place – Canadian Mennonite
The Animals of MCC
Designers: Ross W. Muir and Dan Johnson
Photographers: Josh Steckley, Silas Crews and Matthew Sawatzky

Third Place – Faith & Friends
The Power of Art
Designer: Brandon Laird
Photography: CBC

Category: Photo Essay – Newspaper
Judge: Mirko Petricevic

No Awards Awarded

Category: Original Artwork – Magazine
Judge: Carson Samson

First Place – Geez magazine
The Watershed Issue
Artist: Jonathan Dyck

Second Place – Faith Today
Cover Illustration – Readers Could Colour (July/August 2016 Issue)
Artist: Yuhan Hu
Designer: Janice Van Eck

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
General Assembly Elephant in the Room
Illustrator: Susan Mattinson

Category: Original Artwork – Newspaper
Judge: Carson Samson

First Place – Christian Courier
Golden Hands: A Modern Portrait
Artist: Lisa Smouter

Second Place – Anglican Journal
He is Risen
Artist: Jimpsie Ayres

Third Place – the Catalyst
We Are All Connected to Climate Change
Artist: Miriam Mahaffy

Category: Front Cover – Magazine – Circulation less than 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – Mandate
Responding to Refugees
Designer: Lisa Rebnord
Photographer: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Second Place – Canada Lutheran
July/August 2016 – Cover
Designer: Catherine Crivici
Photographer: Ebonie Klassen

Third Place – Foi & Vie
Le Sculpteur de l’âme
Designer: Brandon Laird
Photographer: Timothy Schmalz

Category: Front Cover – Magazine – Circulation above 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – Presbyterian Record
September 2016 Front Cover
Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn
Photographer: Gillian Secord

Second Place – Salvationist
Front Cover of April 2016
Designer: Timothy Cheng
Photographer: Homin Kwon

Third Place – Faith & Friends
Ring Ruler
Designer: Brandon Laird

Category: Front Cover – Newspaper
Judge: Jason Chiu

First Place – The Saskatchewan Anglican
March 2016 Front Page
Designer: Jason Antonio

Second Place – The Catholic Register
Padre’s War Diary
Designer: Lucy Barco

Third Place – Anglican Journal
March Front Cover
Designer: Saskia Rowley

Category: Feature Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation less than 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – Spiritan
Mercy at the Centre
Designer: Tim Faller

Second Place – Mandate
What we learned and why we need to do more and Overseas Mission: a new vision
Designer: Lisa Rebnord

Third Place – Canada Lutheran
Generosity (July/August 2016)
Designer: Catherine Crivici

Category: Feature Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation above 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – The United Church Observer
Interlove
Designer: Ross Woolford

Second Place – Faith & Friends
Ring Ruler
Designer: Brandon Laird

Third Place – Salvationist
Breaking the Power of Sin
Designer: Timothy Cheng

Honourable Mention – Presbyterian Record
Dwell, Work, Be With God
Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn
Illustrator: Gemma Correll

Category: Feature Layout and Design – Newspaper
Judge: Jason Chiu

First Place – The New Brunswick Anglican
It’s Camping Season! Don’t Miss the Fun at Brookwood and Medley
Designer: Gisele McKnight

Second Place – The Catholic Register
On the Front Lines with the Padre
Designer: Lucy Barco

Third Place – Anglican Journal
General Assembly 2016
Designer: Saskia Rowley

Category: Edition Layout and Design – Magazine Circulation less than 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – Geez magazine
The Watershed Issue
Designer: Darryl Brown
Creative Director: Aiden Enns

Second Place – Mandate
November 2016 Issue
Designer: Lisa Rebnord

Third Place – Canada Lutheran
July/August 2016
Designer: Catherine Crivici

Honourable Mention –Spiritan
Meeting People Where They Are
Designer: Tim Faller

Category: Edition Layout and Design – Magazine Circulation above 10,000
Judge: Brian Morgan

First Place – Faith Today
March/April 2016 Issue
Designer: Janice Van Eck

Second Place – Salvationist
April 2016 Issue
Designer: Timothy Cheng

Third Place – The United Church Observer
September 2016 Issue (Rainbow Muslims)
Designer: Ross Woolford

Honourable Mentions to the following:
Alliance Connection, Presbyterian Record, Faith & Friends and Canadian Mennonite

Category: Edition Layout and Design – Newspaper
Judge: Jason Chiu

First Place – The Catholic Register
The Padre’s War Diary
Designers: Mickey Conlon and Lucy Barco

Second Place – Anglican Journal
December 2016 Edition
Designer: Saskia Rowley

No Third Place Awarded

Category: Blog – Online and Integrated Media
Judge: Scott Refvik

First Place – The United Church Observer
Camino de Cancer
Author: David Giuliano

Second Place – Presbyterian Record
Messy Table
Author: Katie Munnik

Third Place – Faith Today
The Faith Today Blog
Editors: Karen Stiller and Bill Fledderus

Category: Use of Multimedia on a Website
Judge: Scott Refvik

First Place – The United Church Observer
Observer Doc: Out of Syria
Kevin Spurgaitis, Producer

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Marites Sison, André Forget, Tali Folkins and Saskia Rowley

Third Place – Salvationist.ca
Brandon Laird, Designer
Kristin Ostensen, Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson, Ken Ramstead and
Geoff Moulton, Editors

Category: Publication Website
Judge: Scott Refvik

First Place – The United Church Observer
Kevin Spurgaitis, Webmaster

Second Place – Anglican Journal
Anglican Journal Staff

Third Place – Salvationist.ca
Brandon Laird, Designer
Kristin Ostensen, Giselle Randall, Pamela Richardson, Ken Ramstead and
Geoff Moulton, Editors

Category: General Excellence – Website Design
Judge: Scott Refvik

First Place – The United Church Observer
Kevin Spurgaitis, Webmaster

Second Place – Salvationist.ca
Brandon Laird, Carson Samson, Ryan Neudorf, Designers

Third Place – Anglican Journal
Anglican Journal Staff

Category: General Excellence – Magazine
Judge: Kristy Woudstra

First Place – The United Church Observer
February, May and December 2016
Editor: David Wilson

Second Place – Faith & Friends
Jerry Howarth, Grace Haven and From War and Peace (September, October and November 2016)
Designer: Brandon Laird
Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

Third Place – Presbyterian Record
October, November and December 2016
Editor: David Harris

General Excellence – National Newspapers
Judge: Glen Argan

First Place – Indian Life
July/August, September/October and November/December 2016
Editor: Jim Uttley

Category: General Excellence – Regional Newspapers
Judge: Glen Argan

No Awards Awarded

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Circulation less than 10,000
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – Christian Courier
The stained-glass ceiling: 100 ordained women in CRC ministry today
Author: Angela Reitsma Bick

Honourable Mention – Canada Lutheran
Restorative Justice
Author: Catherine Pate
Editor: Kenn Ward

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Circulation above 10,000
Judge: Richard Landau

First Place – The United Church Observer
Hell and High Water
Author: Josiah Neufeld

Honourable Mention – Faith Today
Gently into the Arms of Jesus: Palliative Care, Done Well
Author: Karen Stiller
Editor: Bill Fledderus

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CCP town hall meeting

Published on September 7, 2017 by in Features

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Join this Canadian Christian communicators town hall meeting, led by the Canadian Church Press and hosted by the R.C. Archdiocese of Toronto, 1155 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Sept 12, 2017.

Join by phone toll-free: 1-855-344-7755 or local  1-416-933-3852. Conference code is: 480 018 4

NEW instructions:

Remember to review the report on revisiting CCP mission and structure by president Bill Fledderus.

Download the PowerPoint presentation to follow along at home.

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CCP 2016 Awards of Merit 

Editorial – Circulation Under 10,000

(Judge: Mark Bourrie)

First Place: Christian Courier

The Lord’s Hand of Forgiveness

As told to Bert Witvoet

by Betty Vanderburg

 

Rev. Francois Guillaume was arrested after he had prayed for the well-being of Queen Wilhelmina during a church service in the Netherlands while it was under  German occupation. Honouring the Dutch queen, who at that time was in exile in England, was considered a crime against the German Reich. One of his parishioners reported Guil­laume to the German authorities, and, because by praying for his Queen he had become an enemy of Hitler’s Nazi empire, he was arrested and sent to Dachau, one of the worst concentration camps that Hitler’s henchman Herman Goebels had devised.

During his imprisonment, Guillaume suffered from a blood clot in one of his legs and was hospitalized for that. This ailment helped him avoid hard physical labour for a while. But even in the hospital his life was always in danger because every morning the patients had to quickly stand at attention for roll call. Whoever was the slowest in getting out of bed and standing at attention was removed from the hospital and taken away to the gas chamber. Guil­laume made sure he got out of bed as quickly as possible. Because he had experience as a pastor, he figured out a way of making the guards less hostile to him. He always asked them how their wife and children were doing, and thus encouraged their human side to emerge, which was suppressed and compartmentalized during their work time in the camp.

Betty told me how various pastors and priests who were incarcerated in Dachau would agree to meet on Sunday evenings for worship near the fence, at the end ofthe camp field. They pretended to be looking at the stars and clouds. Since all Bibles had been confiscated, the pastors would take turns quoting passages they remembered from Scripture. One or two would comment on these passages, and they would take turns praying for each other and their families. For three years it never rained or snowed during that hour of worship. If it did rain or snow before, it would stop at the beginning of the hour and resume afterwards. God was clearly present in the concentration camp. This worship experience gave courage to the participants. It also helped Francois Guillaume become more ecumenical, so that later in life he could not understand how fellow Chris­tians could fight over minor theological issues during and after the war, causing unfortunate schisms.

Sometimes Guillaume was allowed to write a letter to his wife, but he had to write in German so the guards could censor the letter for forbidden information. He was not allowed to write about himself, for example. So Francois would write about a non-existent uncle who lived in a town in which they had spent their honeymoon, and he asked his wife to ask this unknown uncle ifhe had enough food because he might not get enough to eat. Somehow Mrs. Guillaume figured out hat he meant that he himself did not have enough to eat so she would send him a care package. And when he said that the cake did not taste as good as before, she knew that he wanted her to hide pictures of the children in the cake.

After the war

By God’s help and his own cunning, Francois managed to stay alive until his camp was liberated in 1945. He returned from the concentration camp, hollowed out and emaciated. His health had been damaged for the rest of his life. He spent the first few weeks in a hospice, gradu­ ally eating more food so his body could adjust and regain strength. Gradually he was able to resume his pastoral task in his church.

A few years later, someone knocked on the door of the parsonage and told him that the man who had betrayed him was dying and had asked if Rev. Guillaume could visit him and forgive him. Francois, who until that time did not know who had betrayed him to the German authorities, did not want to go. All the pain and suffering he had endured during those horrible years at Dachau came flooding back into his mind. But the Lord told him he had to go. So he went, but he told the Lord that the Lord had better do the forgiving because he himself could not do it.

When Francois met the man who was on his deathbed, the man confessed and asked him for forgiveness. The man held out his hand to him. Francois took his hand and said, “I am offering you the Lord’s hand of forgiveness.” He said that because he could not bring himself to offer his own hand of forgiveness. As he did so, Francois felt the power of God flowing from his body, through his hand, to the dying man. And then he knew that he also could forgive the man for all the pain he had caused him and his family.

Betty was two years old when her father had been taken away in 1942. When he returned she was five. When she saw her father, who looked like a walking skeleton, she ran away from him. For Francois, this was a very hurtful experience. For years afterwards, the children were told by their mother to cut out the best part of their meat or sandwich and put it on their father’s plate.

Rev. Francois Guillaume died in 1972 of heart failure. His concentration camp experience had caught up with him. His wife had gotten up in the morning and had told him to stay in bed for a bit longer. She would make him a cup oftea. When she returned to give him his cup of tea, she noticed that he was gone. The Lord had stretched out his loving hand and had taken him home.

Betty and Herman Vanderburg, who live in Calgary, Alberta, paid Alice and myself a visit at our son John and Doreen Witvoet s home in Calgary on April 8, 2013. It was then that Betty told us about her father, Rev. Francois Guil­laume. Both Alica and I had known rev. Guillaume during the 1960s when he was a pastor at Rehoboth CRC in To­ronto, and knew about his concentration camp experience.

 

 

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CCP 2016 Awards Of Merit

Published on August 4, 2016 by in News

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At the 2016 Canadian Church Press Conference & Awards ceremony held earlier this year in Toronto, the following publications were recognized for their outstanding achievements. we congratulate them all on a job well done!

 

 

CCP 2016 Awards of Merit 

 

 

Editorial – Circulation Under 10,000

(Judge: Mark Bourrie)

Third Place: Western Catholic Reporter

True Satire Defends What is Sacred, Rather than Belittling it

Author: Glen Argan

Second Place: Spiritan

Rich in Mercy

Author: Fr. Patrick Fitzpatrick, C.S.Sp.

First Place: Christian Courier

The Lord’s Hand of Forgiveness

Author: Bert Witvoet

 

 

Editorial – Circulation Above 10,000

(Judge: Mark Bourrie)

Third Place: Anglican Journal

What Do They Want Now?

Author: Marites N. Sison

Second Place: Indian Life

Why We Can’t “Just Get Over It”

Editor: Jim Uttley

First Place: The Catholic Register

Give Him A Chance

Author: Jim O’Leary

 

 

Letter From The Editor – Magazine

(Judge: Mark Bourrie)

Third Place: Canada Lutheran

This Issue: Liberated by God’s Grace

Editor: Rev. Kenn Ward

Second Place: The Canadian Lutheran

Lord, to Whom Shall We Go?

Author: Mathew Block

First Place: The United Church Observer

Observations: Feeling Squeamish?

Author: David Wilson

 

 

News Story – Magazine

Judge: Richard Landau

Third Place: Salvationist

Open to Question

Author: Kristin Ostensen

Second Place: Faith Today

The House that Redemption Built

Author: Alex Newman

First Place: The United Church Observer

Confronting the Sixties Scoop

Author: Anne Bokma

 

 

 News Story Newspaper/Newsletter

Judge: Richard Landau

Third Place: Anglican Journal

Bishops Apologize for Priest’s History of Abuse

Author: Diana Swift

Second Place: The Catholic Register

Action Demanded on Refugees

Author: Michael Swan

First Place: Western Catholic Reporter

Edmonton Parish Mobilizes to Offer Refuge to Refugees

Author: Thandiwe Konguavi

 

 

In-Depth Treatment of a News Event – Magazine

Judge: Richard Landau

Third Place: Presbyterian Record

Religious Freedom, Secular Values

Authors: Andrew Faiz and Amy MacLachlan

Second Place: The United Church Observer

Atheist Ministers

Authors: Observer Staff

First Place: Salvationist

Boundless 150

Authors: Boundless 2015 Media Team

 

 

In-Depth Treatment of a News Event – Newspaper

Judge: Richard Landau

Third Place: Anglican Journal

Profile of a Diocese: Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador

Author: André Forget

Second Place: Western Catholic Reporter

Coverage of Papal Encyclical Laudato Si’

Authors: Glen Argan and Ramon Gonzalez

First Place: The Catholic Register

Africa: Refugees

Author: Michael Swan

 

 

Features (Non Fiction) – Magazine

Judge: Cynthia Shannon

Third Place: Canada Lutheran

The Spirituality of Aging

Author: The Reverend Vida Jaugelis

Second Place: The United Church Observer

Confronting the Sixties Scoop

Author: Anne Bokma

First Place: Faith & Friends

A Recipe for Recovery

Author: Kristin Ostensen

 

 

Features (Non Fiction) – Newspaper

Judge: Cynthia Shannon

Third Place: Western Catholic Reporter

Youth Find Life in the Bible

Author: Thandiwe Konguavi

Second Place: The Catholic Register

Africa: Hunger

Author: Michael Swan

First Place: Christian Courier

A Different Kind of White Christmas

Author: Monica deRegt

 

 

Opinion Piece – Circulation Under 10,000

Judge: Peter Kavanagh

Third Place: Mandate

The Cry of the Silent Prophet

Author: Debbie McMillan

Second Place: Christian Courier

This is How a Heart Breaks

Author: Lloyd Rang

First Place: Western Catholic Reporter

Ruling Will Increase Suicide Temptation for the Mentally Ill

Author: Austin Mardon

 

 

Opinion Piece – Circulation Above 10,000

Judge: Peter Kavanagh

Third Place: Salvationist

Final Exit

Authors: Colonel Bob Ward and Major Amy Reardon

Second Place: The Catholic Register

Canada is now a Lesser Nation

Author: Bob Brehl

First Place: Presbyterian Record

We All Benefit from Racism

Author: Brad Childs

 

 

Column – Circulation Under 10,000

Judge: Peter Kavanagh

Third Place: Western Catholic Reporter

Peacemaking Today

Author: Douglas Roche

Second Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican

What Ethical Questions Could There be in Using Titanium to Improve the Human Body?; Blame Them Less and Help Them More; Faith Means Believing God’s Justice Will Reign

Author: The Reverend Cheryl Toth

First Place: Christian Courier

From the Lab

Author: Rudy Eikelboom

 

 

Column – Circulation Above 10,000

Judge: Peter Kavanagh

Third Place: The Catholic Register

The Church of the Street

Author: Deacon Robert Kinghorn

Second Place: The United Church Observer

Spiritual but Secular

Author: Anne Bokma

First Place: Presbyterian Record

Pop Christianity

Author: Andrew Faiz

 

 

Department

Judge: Bruce Soderholm

Third Place: The United Church Observer

Quote Unquote

Authors: Mardi Tindal and David Giuliano

Second Place: Faith Today

Business Matters

Authors: Robert MacDonald, Elden Wiebe and Keith Brink

First Place: The Catholic Register

YouthSpeak News

Author: Jean Ko Din

 

 

Service Journalism

Judge: Janet Rowe

Third Place: Mandate

Why the Web?

Author: Pam Rocker

Second Place: Salvationist

The Autism Puzzle

Author: Lieutenant Kristen Gray

First Place: Presbyterian Record

It’s About Hospitality

Author: Amy MacLachlan

 

 

Media Review

Judge: Robert White

Third Place: Christian Courier

An Altar in the Ruins of a Church

Author: Brian Bork

Editor: Angela Reitsma Bick

Second Place: Faith & Friends

Encounter in the Desert

Author: Kristin Ostensen

Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

First Place: Faith Today

Books and Culture

Authors: Marla Konrad, Violet Nesdoly, Dustin Resch and Deanna Smid

 

 

Theological Reflection

Judge: Juliet Huntly  

Third Place: Salvationist

Expecting Miracles

Author: Aimee Patterson

Second Place: The United Church Observer

A Wretch Like Me

Author: Trisha Elliott

First Place: Presbyterian Record

The Beginning of Life

Author: Tony Plomp

 

 

Biblical Interpretation

Judge: Rolf Pedersen

Third Place: Faith & Friends

Stooping to Greatness

Author: Fred Ash

Second Place: Salvationist

The Unlikely Disciples

Authors: Rob Jeffery, Major Wil Brown-Ratcliffe,

Major Isobel Wager, Jonathan Raymond and Colonel Eleanor Shepherd

First Place: Mandate

What’s That You Say?

Author: Judith H. Newman

 

 

Personal Reflection/First Person Account

Circulation Under 10,000

Judge: Peter Kavanagh

Third Place: Tapestry

Medicine for the Weak

Author: Leah Block

Second Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican

Resolutions Important for a Healthy Body and a Healthy Church

Author: Bishop Rob Hardwick

First Place: Live (formerly The Link & Visitor)

Anything Can Be ON FIRE

Author: Morgan Wolf

 

 

Personal Reflection/First Person Account

Circulation Above 10,000

Judge: Peter Kavanagh

Third Place: Presbyterian Record

The Beginning of Life

Author: Tony Plomp

Second Place: The Catholic Register

My Encounter with Dante

Author: Herman Goodden

First Place: Anglican Journal

Beyond the Bunting: Marriages get Better with Time

Author: Michelle Hauser

 

 

Interview

Judge: Stephen Heckbert 

Third Place: Anglican Journal

Church Can Help Open up Space for Dialogue

Author: Leigh Anne Williams

Second Place: The United Church Observer

Interview with Karen Armstrong

Author: John Suk

First Place: Faith Today

The Faith Today Interview with Margaret Somerville

Author: Karen Stiller

Editor: Bill Fledderus

 

 

Biographical Profile – Magazine

Judge: Patricia Phenix

Third Place: Faith & Friends

Jacob’s Journey

Author: Diane Stark

Second Place: The Canadian Lutheran

Martin Luther Father of the Reformation

Author: Edward G. Kettner

First Place: The United Church Observer

The Unlikely Ascent of Kathleen Wynne

Author: John Barber

 

 

Biographical Profile – Newspaper

Judge: Patricia Phenix

Third Place: Western Catholic Reporter

Herbert was Swept up with a Love of the Poor

Author: Ramon Gonzalez

Second Place: The Catholic Register

Serra’s Canonization Triggers Controversy

Author: Jean Ko Din

First Place: The Saskatchewan Anglican

Joan Ayres Served as a Christian Youth Worker

Authors: Joan Irving and Elaine Hrycenko

 

 

Display Writing – Circulation Under 10,000

Judge: Philip Lee

No Third Place or Second Place Awarded

First Place: Mandate

Combating Climate Change

Editor: Rebekah Chevalier

 

 

Display Writing – Circulation Above 10,000

Judge: Philip Lee

Third Place: Presbyterian Record

CAN WE TALK?

Author: Andrew Faiz

Second Place: The United Church Observer

AMUSING GRACE – Tales of Worship Gone Awry

Observer Staff

First Place: Faith & Friends

A Recipe for Recovery

Author: Kristin Ostensen

 

 

Humour

Judge: Phil Callaway

Third Place: The United Church Observer

AMUSING GRACE

Author: Trisha Elliott

Second Place: Presbyterian Record

Getting Sober

Author: Richard Lett

First Place: Anglican Journal

When Coffee Hour Gets Complicated

Author: Michelle Hauser

 

 

Table of Contents

Judge: Philip Lee

Third Place: Presbyterian Record

Table of Contents – January Issue

Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn

Second Place: Mandate

Table of Contents – May Issue

Editor: Rebekah Chevalier

First Place: The United Church Observer

Table of Contents – February Issue

Observer Staff

 

 

News Photo – Magazine

Judge: Miguel Vadillo

No Third Place Awarded

Second Place: Salvationist

Boundless 150 – Te Ope Whakaora Kapa Haka Dancer

Photographer: Boundless 150 Media Team

First Place: Presbyterian Record

On The Road

Photographer: Andrew Faiz

 

 

News Photo – Newspaper

Judge: Miguel Vadillo

No Third Place Awarded

Second Place: Anglican Journal

Evelyn Commanda

Photographer: Art Babych

First Place: The Catholic Register

Africa’s Forgotten Refugees

Photographer: Michael Swan

 

 

Feature Photo – Magazine

Judge: Miguel Vadillo     

No Third Place Awarded

Second Place: Mandate

Pilgrimages of the Heart

Photographer: Peter Williams

First Place: The United Church Observer

Forever Young

Photographer: Hugh Wesley

 

 

Feature Photo – Newspaper

Judge: Miguel Vadillo

No Third Place Awarded

Second Place: Anglican Journal

Wycliffe Indigenous Program

Photographer: Dhoui Chang

First Place: The Catholic Register

Africa: Hunger

Photographer: Michael Swan

 

 

Photo Essay – Magazine

Judge: Miguel Vadillo

No Third Place Awarded

Second Place: Salvationist

African Partners

Photographer: Matt Osmond

First Place: Geez Magazine

Mona Lisa Portraits

Photographer: Caroline Wintoniw

Creative Director: Aiden Enns

 

 

Photo Essay – Newspaper

Judge: Miguel Vadillo

No Third Place or Second Place Awarded

First Place: The Catholic Register

Mother’s Dedication to Children the Same Worldwide

Photographer: Moussa Faddad

 

Original Artwork – Magazine

Judge: Carson Samson

Third Place: Geez Magazine

Animal Being

Artist: Darryl Brown

Second Place: Presbyterian Record

Ministers as a Mission Project

Illustrator: Yevgenia Nayberg

First Place: Faith & Friends

Hidden Treasures

Artist: Dennis Jones

Designer: Brandon Laird

 

Original Artwork – Newspaper

Judge: Carson Samson

No Third Place Awarded

Original Artwork – Newspaper (Cont’d.)

Second Place: Anglican Journal

Solace for the Soul

Artist: Mouki K. Butt

First Place: Christian Courier

December

Artist: Hannah Mostert

 

 

Front Cover – Magazine – Circulation Under 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Spiritan

Remembering Fr. Michael Doyle, C.S.Sp.

Editor: Fr. Patrick Fitzpatrick, C.S.Sp.

Layout and Designer: Tim Faller

Second Place: Foi & Vie

Appelée à Danser

Designer: Brandon Laird

Editors: Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

First Place: Mandate

Prophets in the House (May Issue)

Designer: Lisa Rebnord

 

 

Front Cover – Magazine – Circulation Above 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Presbyterian Record

The Kingdom of God is Like…

Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn

Illustrator: Barry Falls

Second Place: Faith Today

“It’s Time To Think”

Designer: Janice Van Eck

Photography Source: OLLYY/Shutterstock

First Place: The United Church Observer

Beyond Ferguson

Designer: Ross Woolford

 

 

Front Page – Newspaper

Judge: Jason Chiu

No Third Place Awarded

Second Place: Anglican Journal

November 2015

Designer: Saskia Rowley

First Place – The Catholic Register

Can Pope’s Plea Save the Planet?

Designer: Lucy Barco

 

 

Feature Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation Under 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Canada Lutheran

The Spirituality of Aging

Designer: Catherine Crivici

Second Place: Spiritan

Beware the Holy Spirit!

Layout and Designer: Tim Faller

First Place: Mandate

Pilgrimages of the Heart

Designer: Lisa Rebnord

 

 

Feature Layout and Design – Magazine – Circulation Above 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: The United Church Observer

Elephants in the Room

Designer: Ross Woolford

Second Place: Faith Today

The Canadian Guide to Urbana 15

Designer: Janice Van Eck

Second Place: Presbyterian Record

Print Is Dead

Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn

First Place: Salvationist

Boundless 150

Designer: Brandon Laird

 

Feature Layout and Design – Newspaper

Judge: Jason Chiu

No Third Place Awarded

Second Place: Anglican Journal

Profile of a Diocese – March

Designer: Saskia Rowley

First Place: The Catholic Register

Africa: Refugees

Designers: Lucy Barco and Mickey Conlon

 

 

Layout and Design Of An Edition – Magazine

Circulation Under 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: Spiritan

Robert di Nardo – Our Newest Priest

Editor: Fr. Patrick Fitzpatrick, C.S.Sp., Layout and Designer: Tim Faller

Second Place: Mandate

February 2015

Editor: Rebekah Chevalier, Designer: Lisa Rebnord

First Place: Geez Magazine

Animal Being

Designer: Darryl Brown, Editor: Aiden Enns

 

 

Layout and Design of an Edition – Magazine

Circulation Above 10,000

Judge: Brian Morgan

Third Place: The United Church Observer

February Issue

Designer: Ross Woolford

Second Place – Salvationist

A Worldwide Army

Designers: Timothy Cheng and Brandon Laird

First Place: Faith Today

“It’s Time To Think”

Designer: Janice Van Eck

 

 

Layout and Design of an Edition – Newspaper

Judge: Jason Chiu

No Third Place Awarded

Second Place: Western Catholic Reporter

Issue of June 15, 2015

Designer: Glen Argan

First Place: Anglican Journal

November 2015 Edition

Designer: Saskia Rowley

 

 

Best Blog

Judge: Carson Samson

Third Place: The United Church Observer

The Short List

Author: Pieta Woolley

Second Place: Presbyterian Record

Matthew Ruttan

Writer: Matthew Ruttan

First Place: Salvationist.ca

http://salvationist.ca/tag/danielle-strickland

Author: Major Danielle Strickland

 

 

Best Use Of Multi-Media On A Website

Judge: Scott Refvik

Third Place: Salvationist.ca

http://salvationist.ca

Editors: Kristin Ostensen, Pamela Richardson and Geoff Moulton

Designer: Brandon Laird

Second Place: Anglican Journal

http://www.anglicanjournal.com/departments/special-report/trc

Anglican Journal

First Place: The United Church Observer

Observer Podcast: Episode 2

Kevin Spurgaitis

 

 

Publication Website

Judge: Scott Refvik

Third Place: Anglican Journal

http://www.anglicanjournal.com/departments/features

Anglican Journal

Second Place: The United Church Observer

http://ucobserver.org

Webmaster: Kevin Spurgaitis

First Place: Salvationist.ca

http://salvationist.ca

Editors: Kristin Ostensen, Giselle Randall, Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton

Designer: Brandon Laird

 

 

General Excellence – Website Design

Judge: Scott Refvik

Third Place: Anglican Journal

www.anglicanjournal.com

Anglican Journal

Second Place: The United Church Observer

www.ucobserver.org

Webmaster: Kevin Spurgaitis

First Place: Salvationist.ca

http://salvationist.ca

Designers: Carson Samson, Ryan Neudorf and Brandon Laird

 

 

General Excellence – Magazine

Judge: Leanne Larmondin

Third Place: Canada Lutheran

September, October/November, December 2015

Designer: Catherine Crivici

Editor: The Reverend Kenn Ward

Editorial Director: Trina Gallop Blank

Third Place: Presbyterian Record

October, November and December 2015

Editors: David Harris, Andrew Faiz, Amy MacLachlan and Connie Wardle

Designers: Caroline Bishop and Salina Vanderhorn

Second Place: The United Church Observer

March, April, May 2015

Editor: David Wilson

First Place: Geez Magazine

Spring, Summer and Fall 2015

Editors: Aiden Enns, Kyla Neufeld and Tim Runtz

Designer: Darryl Brown

 

 

General Excellence – National Newspaper

Judge: David Wilson

No Third Place or Second Place Awarded

First Place: Anglican Journal

October, November, December 2015

Anglican Journal Staff

 

General Excellence – Regional Newspaper

Judge: David Wilson

No Third Place or Second Place Awarded

First Place: Western Catholic Reporter

June 1, June 15 and June 29, 2015

Editor: Glen Argan

 

 

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Circulation Under 10,000

Judge: Joyce Smith     

Honourable Mention: Live (Formerly The Link & Visitor)

No Place to Go

Author: Esther Barnes

First Place: Mandate

Forging New Relationships

Author: Debbie Marshall

 

 

A.C. Forrest Memorial Award – Circulation Above 10,000

Judge: Joyce Smith

Honourable Mention: Presbyterian Record

On The Road

Author: Andrew Faiz

First Place: The United Church Observer

Confronting The Sixties Scoop

Author: Anne Bokma

 

 

 

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