Editorial: award celebrations

It’s been a big month for us here at Revive.

In late August, I was lucky enough to travel to Auckland, New Zealand, for the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) conference and awards. Not only did I get to catch-up with editors and colleagues from Uniting Church publications from around the country, but I also had the opportunity to spend time with editors of Christian publications from various denominations – including our counterparts from WA religious press.

This year, Revive won two awards.We won a bronze award in the Best News Category for the article ‘Medicinal Cannabis: new legislation a helpful step,’ written by Elaenor Nield. This article celebrated the legalisation of cultivating medicinal cannabis in Australia, which the Uniting Church WA had campaigned for.

Revive also won a gold award in the Best Feature Single Author  category for an article I wrote titled ‘Embracing weirdness as a disciple of the Way.’ This article explored the role spirituality can play in living with mental illness. One of its strengths, I believe,  was the honesty in which Paul Montague, Uniting Church WA ministry candidate, shared his story with readers.

We’re thrilled to have won these awards among such well-respected colleagues and peers.

Revive wasn’t the only Uniting Church publication to win awards this year. Journey, Uniting Church QLD; Insights, Uniting Church NSW/ACT; and Crosslight, Uniting Church Vic/Tas all also won deserving awards.

In September, members of the Uniting Church WA also met for the 41st Annual Meeting of the Synod. A lot of news came out of the meeting, and you can also check out our Facebook or Twitter feeds for more news from the event.

Heather Dowling

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