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Wangerin selected 2010 Metro Lutheran Gold Pen Award winner

Typically Metro Lutheran’s annual dinner features a keynote speaker and a Gold Pen recipient. This year, though, will be a little different.

The Rev. Walt Wangerin. Metro Lutheran photo: Bob Hulteen

In trying to appeal to everyone, the Metro Lutheran could land itself out of journalism. It hasn’t done that though. It has made a web in attending to all these things, and has given strength to the center.” -Walt Wangerin

Noted author and speaker the Rev. Walt Wangerin will not only be the keynote speaker, he will also receive the Gold Pen Award. The annual dinner will be held October 10 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 50th Street and Knox Avenue, Minneapolis. (A reservation form can be found on page 25.

Wangerin will be the 23rd recipient of the Gold Pen. “When I read the standards for making the choice [of the Gold Pen recipient], I was pleased to see they thought I achieved that,” Wangerin said. “It is not something I have chosen, but something that has driven me,” he added.

The standards for choosing the Gold Pen recipient include recognizing distinguished service to Christ and the church through significant contribution in public communication; recognizing service that is consistent and significant; to stimulate greater effectiveness and understanding of the relationship between secular and religion communication; and fostering inter- Lutheran communication.

Wangerin is not only pleased to be selected to receive the Gold Pen Award, he also identifies with the mission of Metro Lutheran. “In trying to appeal to everyone, the Metro Lutheran could land itself out of journalism” he said. “It hasn’t done that though. It has made a web in attending to all these things, and has given strength to the center,” he said. “That is what I try to do in my writing as well.”

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