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Associated Church Press honors Metro Lutheran, other Lutheran publications

The Associated Church Press (ACP) recognized nine Lutheran publications with awards for features, theological reflections, news stories, design, humor, and websites at its annual banquet, held in Chicago on May 2. Metro Lutheran received four honors, its highest number of awards in a single year.

The Rev. Paul Harrington, vice president of Metro Lutheran’s board of directors and pastor emeritus of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Apple Valley, Minnesota, was presented with an “Award of Excellence” (first place) for his commentary “When Christianity and capitalism collide,” February 2011, page 5.

Laura Mann was recognized with an “Honorable Mention” (third place) for her contributions to the column “Imagine That!,” which appears on the Positive Parenting page of Metro Lutheran each month.

Mark Granquist also received “Honorable Mention” for the “Faithful and Reforming” regular column he edits, and often writes, in the category of “Reporting and Writing: In-depth Coverage.”

Finally, Metro Lutheran was awarded “Honorable Mention” in the “Best in Class” category. Metro Lutheran competed against all regional newspapers for this award.

“The board of Metro Lutheran is proud of the paper’s strong showing with the Associated Church Press this year,” said the Rev. Dick Stadler, pastor of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church (independent) and Metro Lutheran board chair. “We strive to offer a strong product, and these recognitions affirm that effort.”

Other Lutheran publications recognized by the ACP are The Lutheran Witness, The Lutheran Reporter, The Lutheran, Gather, Café, The Lutheran Forum, Concordia Journal, and The Little Christian.

The ACP is the oldest interdenominational religious press organization in North America.

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